The all-new Jeep Cherokee has been launched priced from £25,495 for the entry level 2.0 Longitude 140 6-Speed Manual FWD edition.
There is a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel and manual or automatic transmissions. Being a Jeep means that the Cherokee is designed to off road and should not be confused with soft roaders such as the X-Trail or C-RV. There are even options for high/low ratio gearing and the Selec-Terrain traction control system which allows drivers to choose one of up to five customised settings: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock to help them keep out of trouble. The Trailhawk version even has Active Drive Lock.
Jeep Cherokee Engine Line-Up
From launch there is a choice of two FIAT sourced 2.0 litre MultiJet II diesel engines, producing either a 140hp or 170hp.
The lower output model produces a 140hp at 3750 rpm with 350Nm of torque at 1750rpm. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and is available in two or four-wheel drive variants. The two-wheel drive model on the NEDC combined fuel cycle is recorded at 53.3 mpg with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
The higher output Jeep Cherokee is equipped with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and produces 170hp at 4000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The four-wheel model is capable of 48.7 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 154g/km.
Later in the year available to special order, will come the Pentastar V6 3.2 litre petrol Trailhawk model with four-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmission only.
The braked towing capacity of the 140hp 2.0-litre turbo diesel with front-wheel drive is 1800kg; the 140hp with four-wheel drive can pull up to 1600kg; and the 170hp 4x4 automatic is rated at 2475kg.
Jeep Cherokee Trim Levels (2014)
The Jeep Cherokee comes in four trim levels: ‘Longitude’, ‘Longitude+’, ‘Limited’ and ‘Trailhawk’.
All models feature a TFT screen in the instrument cluster. This allows the driver to receive information such as navigation instructions, vehicle speed, fuel economy details or audio information while keeping their eyes on the road. On Longitude and Longitude+ models the screen is 3.5-inch monochrome. On Limited and Trailhawk models it is 7-inch colour.
Jeep Cherokee Longitude
Core equipment includes LED Daytime Running Lights and LED tail lights are standard, as are 17-inch aluminium wheels and chrome window, grille, roof rails and exhaust tips. Inside there is automatic air-conditioning and electric front windows along with a tilting and telescopic steering column and six-way adjustable driver’s seat. Other luxuries include a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop.
Jeep Cherokee Longitude+
The Longitude+ model gains the Uconnect media centre with touchscreen, navigation system and DAB radio, along with a nine-speaker sound system.
Jeep Cherokee Limited
The Limited model adds keyless Enter’n Go, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, tinted privacy glass, High Intensity Discharge bi-xenon headlamps, heated front seats and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat. Other features include a unique to class wireless charging pad for phones and tablets, a seven-inch TFT colour screen in the instrument cluster, a rear reversing camera and 18-inch polished aluminium wheels.
Later in the year this model will be able to specified with Jeep Active Drive II system on the automatic models to offer true off-road potential. That comprises a two-speed Power Transfer Unit with torque management and low range. In 4-Low mode, the front and rear drive shafts are locked for low-speed power. Low range gives a 2.92:1 gear reduction for enhanced climbing of steep slopes.
The Jeep Active Drive II system works in conjunction with the Selec-Terrain system to ensure that the wheels with the most grip get the most power. It manages this by monitoring the engine, transmission and ESC and modifying torque distribution to enable the Cherokee to have peerless off-road ability. Jeep Active Drive II also includes Hill Descent Control.
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
The top of the range Jeep Cherokee is the Trailhawk model that is more off-road orientated with a more rugged design including all-terrain tyres, red front tow hooks, skid plates and wider wheel arches and range of exclusive interior and exterior colours.
Jeep Cherokee Uconnect Media Centre
The Uconnect media centre features screens in the centre console, on the Longitude models this is a 5-inch touch screen with the other model receiving an 8.4-inch touch screen. The Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate controls, heated and ventilated seats. It includes Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, music and audio streaming capability.
Jeep Cherokee Options
There is a large array of tech and options available on the Cherokee including Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go (ACC), LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection.
New Jeep Cherokee Prices (2014)
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude 140 6 Speed Manual FWD||£25,495|
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude 140 6 Speed Manual 4X4||£27,495|
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude 170 9 Speed Automatic 4X4||£29,995|
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude Plus 140 6 Speed Manual FWD||£27,695|
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude Plus 140 6 Speed 4X4||£29,695|
|Cherokee 2.0 Longitude Plus 170 9 Speed Automatic 4X4||£32,195|
|Cherokee 2.0 Limited 140 6 Speed Manual FWD||£31,195|
|Cherokee 2.0 Limited 140 6 Speed Manual 4X4||£33,195|
|Cherokee 2.0 Limited 170 9 Speed Automatic 4X4||£35,695|