New Jeep Cherokee promises improved fuel economy, superior handling and better build quality

The all-new Jeep Cherokee off-roader has been revealed in full prior to its unveiling at the New York motor show

It's the first Jeep to utilise Chrysler's new 'Compact U.S. Wide' platform, which benefits from independent front and rear suspension. 

Jeep claims that its new Cherokee will deliver world-class on-road dynamics, improved fuel economy and a wide range of equipment

Offered initially with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, a choice of two engines, three types of 4x4 system and a host of safety and technology options, Jeep hopes that the Cherokee will compete strongly in the mid-size SUV segment. 

The bold styling, which features aerodynamic design cues that are claimed to combine the company’s heritage with advanced technology, resembles that of the recently revised Grand Cherokee.

Inside, the driver-orientated cabin is said to feature premium materials throughout and a high standard of build quality. Cloth or leather seats are available, as well as upgraded seats with electric adjustment, a memory function and heating and cooling. Buyers can also specify a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a wireless charging pad, useful for those with numerous mobile devices.

A 3.5-inch greyscale screen, or an optional 7-inch colour unit, in the instrument cluster can be configured by the driver to display information about economy, navigation, cruise control settings or the Jeep's four-wheel-drive system. 

The standard multimedia system is a 5-inch touchscreen unit, and a larger 8.4-inch system is offered which also includes BlueTooth and sat-nav. A park assistance package is available, as well as myriad practicality and off-road orientated upgrades. Standard safety kit includes ten airbags and stability control.

Engine options will initially consist of a 2.4-litre four-cylinder 'Tigershark' petrol engine, or a new 3.2-litre V6 'Pentastar' petrol engine. The Tigershark engine uses Fiat's MultiAir technology and produces 184bhp and 171lb ft.

The 3.2-litre V6 petrol delivers a significantly higher 271bhp and 239lb ft of torque. No specific economy figures are quoted for the V6, but the 2.4-litre four cylinder is claimed to average an acceptable 37mpg.

The nine-speed transmission is Chrysler’s own and is reputedly capable of delivering aggressive launches, smooth power delivery and improved fuel efficiency. 

Power is transferred to all four wheels by one of three four-wheel drive systems. The entry-level 'Active Drive I' is automatic and can switch in and out of 4WD at any speed. The 'Active Drive II' option adds a low-range mode, with a locking centre diff, and a 1" increase in ride hight.

Those determined to head deep off-road can opt for the 'Active Drive Lock' system, which adds a locking rear differential for improved traction in poor conditions. All come with Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction control which offers multiple modes for different surfaces. 

Jeep's new Cherokee also marks the debut of Chrysler's Adaptive Cruise Control Plus, which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in certain conditions. It uses radar and video sensors to observe vehicles in front, braking the vehicle to maintain a driver-defined gap. If the gap is reduced dramatically, the stability control system can bring the Jeep to a complete halt, even if the driver doesn't touch the brakes.

"The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs, with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep", said Mike Manley, boss of the Jeep brand.

When launched in the US, four different models will be available: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

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27 March 2013

Hideous creation that could have been so much better. Jeep need to be rivalling Land Rover not Ssangyong! They may be claiming "world-class on-road dynamics" but they should be seriously thinking of sacking the team who signed this off. Horrific!

27 March 2013

I was going to mention the Pontiac Aztek but you beat me to it BenC30!!

I hope no-one near where I live will buy one of these because this thing looks like it has been designed with one purpose only: scare more small children than Dr Who.

27 March 2013

completely agree Ben C30  Jeep is a heritrage brand..they had some greats like the Grand Wagoneer the original Wrangler, the Willys jeep.. this just looks exactly how I expected a partnership with the Fiat group to evolve..more and more Chrsysler family products are looking like a Eupean/ US hash job.. Dodge Dart as prime example!This looks like  Fiat Multipla crashed into a Jeep Commander.

So disappointed with latest reveals, even the Range Rover Sport was a major disppointment! Where are all the great cars designers these days!

27 March 2013

I do beleive it has achieved the impossible and is in fact uglier than a Ssangyong Rodius .

Now that is quite a feat .

27 March 2013

The politest things I can muster to say about this wedge is .....with all those lights you'll certainly see it coming at night, and they probably needed a Jeep badge that big on the back in case you thought it was a Ssangyong.

27 March 2013

Well they needed something that ugly in the Fiat group now the Multipla's gone!

There is no mention in the report about diesels.  I know this is afterall the New York Motor Show but I assume at some point they intend to bring this across the Atlantic?

Also, with the rise of diesel power in the US, it would also make sense to have that option available to them as well?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 March 2013

I actually think the new Jeep Cherokee looks cool and funky compared to its dour predecessor ...

27 March 2013

@SuzukiQT. Well that's good then. At least they may get one customer Smile

27 March 2013

I think this will have the Nissan Juke effect. Most will hate it, some will love it. They dont need a huge proportion to 'get it' to make it a success. 

Initially i thought it was a poor design like most here, but i will admit it is growing on me, and i have to say, its nice to see something that at least is trying to be different. Far too many cars these days are just dull. One thing this isnt is dull!

27 March 2013

I think it looks quite good, but without this terrible off-road kit. This design stirs many controversies and, as someone said, the new Cherokee may be successful in the same way, the Juke is- it's bold, no matter if beautiful or ugly

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