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South Africa-bound, refreshed Jeep Cherokee priced Down Under


Set to be unveiled towards the end of the year, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) owned Jeep has provided a taste of South African buyers could expect by announcing price and spec details for the heavily updated Cherokee.

Launched at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January, the internally designated KL Cherokee does away with the highly criticised stacked headlight design for a new single-piece setup, and additionally gains a more upright take on the seven-slot grille, wider front air intakes, Compass-styled LED taillights, a new tailgate now housing the number plate and standard black side cladding.

Model-wise, the Aussie Cherokee range starts off with the entry-level Sport priced at $35 950 (R381 942), which gets a seven-inch UConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, Autonomous Emergency Braking, LED head and taillights, a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and keyless entry.

Power for Sport is kept unchanged with the 2.4-litre Tigershark petrol again producing 129kW/229Nm, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which has been revised and helps bring the combined fuel consumption down from 9.2-litres/100km to 8.5-litres/100km with the added inclusion of start/stop.

Moving one up, the Longitude is priced at $41 950 (R445 687) and receives an electric tailgate, Jeep’s switchable Selec-Terrain all-wheel drive system with four modes (Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud), dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, push-button start, rain sense wipers, paddle shifters, auto on/off headlights and electrically adjustable front seats. Add in the optional $1 650 (R17 530) Technology Pack, and Jeep will add Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Side Distance Alert.

Priced at $46 950 (R498 809), the Limited swaps the 17-inch alloys for 18-inch rollers and further gets the larger 8.4-inch UConnect system with satellite navigation, leather seats with the fronts being heated and ventilated, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, seven-inch TFT instrument display, High Beam Assist and the aforementioned Technology Pack as standard.

Completing the range, the off-road focused Trailhawk is stickered at $48 450 (R514 745) and mainly receives the full go-anywhere hardware such as a low range gearbox, off-road specific 17-inch alloys, front, rear and side skidplates, matt black bonnet inserts, unique front and rear facias, a rock mode for the Selec-Terrain system, off-road suspension and front and rear recovery points.

Optional though are the Limited’s leather seats, automatic headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control, which forms part of the so-called Trailhawk Premium Package priced at $2 950 (R31 341). As with the Limited, an additional $2 200 (R23 373) nets a dual-pane sunroof.

On the power front, both the Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk retain the 3.2-litre petrol V6 that makes 200kW/315Nm, connected to the same nine-speed ‘box. Surprisingly, fuel consumption is rated at 9.8-litres/100km for the former pair and at 10.2-litres/100km for the Trailhawk, a 0.1-litre/100km gain versus the pre-facelift model.

Local pricing and spec will be announced closer to the Cherokee’s launch date.

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