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Geneva to usher in new Cherokee


AN ALL-NEW Jeep Cherokee will be unveiled at next week’s Geneva International Motor Show. The legendary model has received a totally new design, both inside and out.

The new interior features a signature trapezoidal plan while the centre stack bezel is inspired by the outline of the 1940s Willys Jeep’s front grille and continues the design language of its larger sibling, the Grand Cherokee. There is a top storage tray located above the centre stack on top of the instrument panel for secured storage of small items. The front passenger seat folds flat and offers hidden, in-seat storage by flipping up the passenger seat cushion.

The Cherokee gets a new engine and transmission in the form of the 127kW 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo-diesel engine and a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. There will be the choice of a six-speed manual transmission. However, the 2.0-litre motor produces just 104kW when coupled to this gearbox.

The Cherokee is now available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations, offering a choice of two new Jeep four-wheel-drive systems in order to ensure off-road capability under all driving conditions.

The first 4x4 system available is the Jeep Active Drive I, which features a single power transfer unit (PTU) that is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel-drive at any speed. The system does not require any driver intervention or feedback and improves both understeer and oversteer conditions.

The Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. The 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well as outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions.

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