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Freshened-up Jeep Cherokee lands in Europe with diesel power

11.09.2018

Fresh from its debut in Australia earlier this month, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced availability of the heavily updated Jeep Cherokee in Europe, complete with a diesel engine.

Differing little from the model sold Down Under externally, the Euro-spec Cherokee will initially be offered in a choice of three trim levels; Longitude, Limited and Overland with the entry-level Sport and off-road focused Trailhawk joining next year.

In terms of equipment, the Sport, once it goes on sale, will come outfitted with items such as painted 17-inch alloy wheels, full projector LED headlights, a five-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, Aux and voice control, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning Plus, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Advanced Brake Assist.

As mentioned, the Longitude will serve as base model in the beginning, with standard items consisting out of dual-zone climate control, a bigger seven-inch touchscreen system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry, body coloured door handles and mirrors, silver roof rails and rear parking sensors with a reverse camera.

Serving as the most accessible luxury model, the Limited swaps the 17-inch alloys for painted 18-inch rollers, and further receives the top-spec 8.4-inch UConnect system with integrated satellite navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, nappa leather seats with the fronts being electrically controlled and heated, Adaptive Cruise Control, a seven-inch TFT customisable instrument cluster, electric tailgate and front parking sensors.

Completing the range, the Overland benefits from polished 19-inch alloys, a dual-pane electric sunroof, leather wrapped dashboard, body-coloured interior inserts, a Zebrano wood finished heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and heated rear chairs.

The off-road specific Trailhawk meanwhile is likely to mirror the Aussie model with bespoke touches such as off-road biased 17-inch alloys, the Active Drive Lock four-wheel drive system with a low range gearbox and five mode (Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock) Selec-Terrain system, locking rear differential, unique front and rear facias, off-rod suspension, front and rear skidplates and matt black bonnet inserts.

In total, the Cherokee can be had in a choice of ten colours; Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black, Light Brownstone, Velvet Red, the new Pearl White and Olive Green hues and two Trailhawk exclusives, Hydro Blue and Firecracker Red.

Underneath the bonnet, FCA will make the Cherokee available with two engine options, the first being the same 2.2-litre Multijet II turbodiesel used in the Wrangler in a choice of two outputs; 110kW/350Nm or 147kW/400Nm. Coming in 2019, Jeep will also add the hybridised petrol codenamed Hurricane, which combines a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor with a 48-volt battery for a total output of 200kW/400Nm. Outside Europe, the existing 2.4-litre Tigershark and 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 petrols will be the only options.

Standard on both diesel models is a six-speed manual gearbox with a choice of front-or-all-wheel drive, while optional, and the sole choice on all petrol variants, is the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic. Unlike its oil-burning sibling, all petrol models feature all-wheel drive as standard.

With sales of the Cherokee having already commenced on the Old Continent, FCA South Africa is yet to finalise local availability and spec, but expect it to be closer to the Australian model with the aforementioned diesels again unlikely to be earmarked for local release.

Article written by Autodealer
11.09.2018
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