2014 Jeep Cherokee Preview

Pros and cons*
Pros
With fuel economy improvements of more than 45%, the implementation of several state-of-the-art technologies, superior road handling and a new design to boot, the new Jeep Cherokee 2014 is sure to catch people’s attention.

Price
Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×2: $23,495
Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×4: $25,695
Jeep Cherokee North 4×2: $26,495
Jeep Cherokee North 4×4: $28,695
Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×2: $29,995
Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4: $32,195
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4: $30,695

Fuel Economy
Equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is rated at an average of 7.6 L/100 km. The combined rating for the V6 engine is estimated at 8.1 L/100 km.

Specifications
Three four-wheel-drive systems are on offer:

  • Jeep Active Drive I (with a fully automatic one-speed PTU – power transfer unit)
  • Jeep Active Drive II (with two-speed PTU and low range)
  • Jeep Active Drive Lock (with two-speed PTU, low range and locking rear differential)

A 5-mode traction control system.
A towing capacity of up to 2,045 kg.
Independent front and rear suspension.

Exterior Styling
This mid-size SUV now has a new aerodynamic design, with sleek headlights and a modernized, 7-slot grille. The designers were determined to pass on the Jeep’s DNA to this new model. With fluid lines, a defined hood, clearly separated from the front fender, and LED tail lights, the Jeep’s contours strike a nice balance between forcefulness and modernity.

Drivetrain
The Cherokee is offered with a 4-cylinder, 2.4 litres engine that delivers 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque or a brand new 3.2-litre V6 litres, which packs 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, one of the Jeep’s latest advances in technology.

Cargo Capacity
The Cherokee’s cargo capacity remains to be seen.

According to its press release, it offers second-row, 60/40 seating as well as a fold-flat passenger seat.

Safety
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is outfitted with more than 70 safety features, including Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Blind-spot monitoring, a ParkView backup camera and six airbags.

*References
Jeep Press Release
media.chrysler.com
www.jeep.com

Source : www.auto123.com


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