An all-new Cherokee model is big news for a revitalised Jeep. Hot on the heels of the well received Grand Cherokee comes a boldly styled mid-sized SUV from the iconic USA brand. TO begin with from May, there will be a pair of petrol models using a 184bhp 2.4-litre four-cylinder or 3.2-litre V6 with 271bhp. However, fleet drivers will be more keen to wait for the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines that will be offered in 138- and 168bhp forms coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrols come with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard that is also used in the Range Rover Evoque.
While Jeep is keen for the new Cherokee to be more fun to drive on the road, it will also still deliver the goods off-road thanks to a new four-wheel drive system. This has selectable all-wheel drive mode much like Land Rover’s Terrain Response. Front-wheel drive versions of the new Cherokee are also likely to help reduce emissions and boost economy to give it further appeal to the fleet market.
Inside, the Cherokee offers similar space to a Honda CR-V or Land Rover Freelander. The dash has a large touchscreen that uses the same technology found in Fiat and Alfa Romeo models and it uses the Uconnect infotainment system borrowed from Fiat.
Jeep has yet to confirm pricing for the new Cherokee in the UK.