Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee

Diesel power arrives for Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee line-up has been strengthened by the arrival of high specification Limited diesel variant, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

It is priced from $66,990 plus on-road costs.

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine delivers 125 kW and 350 Nm and is equipped with stop/start technology. Jeep reports consumption of 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle for the Cherokee Limited diesel.

The Cherokee also utilises ‘active drive II’ which features a two-speed power transfer unit with torque management and low range, a feature unique to the diesel power-train.

Specification includes 18-inch aluminium wheels, leather upholstery with heated front seats, the U-connect 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera and an Alpine nine-speaker surround sound system.

Standard safety features include seven airbags (front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags, driver side knee air bag), ESC (electronic stability control) with ERM (rollover mitigation) and ABS (anti-lock brake system), with both on-road and off-road calibration.

Additional safety feature options for the Cherokee include new systems such as forward collision warning-plus, park/sense parallel/perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control-plus, lane departure warning-plus, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.

The Jeep Cherokee has also gained an ANCAP five-star rating, and it has also earned the ‘best in class’ designation from Euro NCAP in the small off-road 4X4 category for the year 2013.

This vehicle is also the first mid-size SUV to feature rear axle disconnect, resulting in reduced friction and energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed and ensuring improved fuel efficiency.

The Cherokee range in New Zealand now features five versions, starting with the 2.4-litre Cherokee Sport from $44,990. The Pentastar 3.2-litre, V6-poweredCherokee range starts with the Longitude from $54,990.

The diesel-powered Cherokee Limited is priced from $66,990.

The Pentastar V6-powered Jeep Cherokee Limited is priced from $61,990.

The range topping Cherokee Trailhawk V6 is priced from $65,990. All prices quoted exclude on-road costs and delivery.

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