2012 Jeep Cherokee arrives with new diesel engine

The new 2012 Jeep Cherokee goes on sale in New Zealand this month with a new diesel engine option and a range of upgrades.

The 2012 Jeep Cherokee is available in NZ in a single specification level – the high grade Limited. It goes on sale with a choice of diesel or petrol engine variants.

As well as the familiar 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine which produces 151 kW @ 5,200 rpm and 314 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm, the Cherokee now offers the new 2.8 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder Common-Rail Diesel (CRD) engine which produces 147kW at 3600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm.

The new diesel engine offers improved performance and economy with 13% more power over the previous model yet uses 12% less fuel. Jeep’s quoted combined fuel consumption figures for the Cherokee diesel are 7.9 L/100km and 206g/km CO2.

Jeep continues to push its 4×4 heritage in the Cherokee by offering the Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system –Selec-Trac II.

Selec-Trac II is a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system. Select-Trac II operates in 2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Low and Neutral. To back it up the Cherokee features independent front suspension with rack-and pinion steering and a five-link rear suspension set-up.

The 2012 Cherokee’s maintains the rugged, classic Jeep look and features an optional Sky Slider full-length open-canvas roof to give a true open-air experience. Features and options include tech like remote start, memory seats, power mirrors and express up/down windows.

The Jeep Cherokee Limited interior features a new chrome/leather wrapped shift knob, driftwood steering wheel spokes, and a new Media Centre with 6.5” touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and 30GB hard drive with 6700 song capacity.

Expect to hear more about the Jeep Cherokee when it goes on sale in NZ shortly. Till then click here to read a Car and SUV review of the current model Cherokee Sport.

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