The all-new Jeep Cherokee, launched in the United States in 2013, is making its European debut at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show on March 4, 2014. Also making its debut in the new Jeep Cherokee, is the new 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, combined with the new nine-speed automatic transmission.
This is the first time in Europe that this powertrain combination – the efficient 2.0-liter Multijet II turbo diesel and the new nine-speed automatic gearbox – has been offered in the mid-size SUV segment.
The new turbo diesel is available in two versions offering customers a choice of 170 or 140 horsepower outputs, both generating 350 Nm of torque. The 170 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter engine is coupled with the nine-speed automatic gearbox, while the 140 horsepower version of this engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Both versions of the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine incorporate ‘Stop/Start’ technology that improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions.
The European line-up also includes the 3.2-liter V-6 Pentastar petrol engine paired to the new nine-speed automatic transmission, producing 272 hp and 315 Nm of torque. In Russia and the Middle East, the new Jeep Cherokee will also be offered with the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I-4 petrol engine.
Available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations, the new generation Jeep Cherokee is engineered to excel on all terrains. This vehicle is also the first mid-size SUV to feature rear axle disconnect, resulting in reduced friction and energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed and ensuring improved fuel efficiency.
The new Jeep Cherokee offers the European market a choice of three innovative four wheel drive systems: Active Drive I, Active Drive II and Active Drive Lock. Jeep Active Drive I features a fully automatic, single power transfer unit (PTU) and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. Active Drive Lock available on gas units only includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed power delivery.
The interior of the new Jeep Cherokee delivers the craftsmanship and exclusive easy-to-operate technology that European customers demand. The front seats are available with heating, ventilation and memory adjustable mechanisms. The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer.
In addition, the new Cherokee also offers an advanced touchscreen multimedia command center and features the newly designed leather-wrapped, three-spoke, Jeep steering wheel with remote audio, voice and speed controls, adding a new level of technical sophistication.
In the U.S., the all-new Jeep Cherokee sold more than 29,000 units within the first two months. In Europe, the new Cherokee will be introduced in all Jeep dealerships during the second quarter of 2014 and will be available in three trim levels – Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels.
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