New Jeep Cherokee launched in New Zealand

New Jeep Cherokee launched in New Zealand

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The new KL model, Jeep Cherokee models have arrived in New Zealand bringing numerous firsts and best-in-class features says the manufacturer.

According to Jeep the new KL Cherokee offers three four- wheel-drive systems with one- or two-speed power transfer units: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock.

All four-wheel-drive systems feature rear-axle disconnect, which activates when four-wheel-drive capability is not required and reduces energy loss and improves fuel efficiency.

The KL Cherokee offers a nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides fuel efficiency gains, refined shifting and enhanced on and off road driving performance.

Four models are available in New Zealand: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk with two engines that are new to the Cherokee line: the 2.4-litre TigerShark l-4 and the 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar.

The TigerShark is fitted exclusively to the two-wheel-drive Sport model, and delivers a 33% improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing model while delivering 130kW of power and 229Nm of torque. The 3.2- litre V6 Pentastar provides 200kW and 316Nm of torque but with a 20% improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor.

Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system makes its first appearance on Cherokee, fitted on the four-wheel-drive equipped Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk Cherokee models. There are up to five modes to provide optimal traction for specific conditions: Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, Sport and Rock.

According to Jeep, the KL Cherokee provides enhanced handling and improved road manners thanks to a new body structure, more than 65% of which is fashioned from high-strength steel. This delivers new levels of torsional stiffness.

It also has new front and rear independent suspension systems, and all models are equipped with frequency-sensitive damping shock absorbers that automatically adjust to input from the road. Its speed-sensitive electronic power steering system also automatically adjusts for limited effort during parking or increased steering effort on the open road.

An enhanced aerodynamic package contributes to improved fuel economy, smooth on-road dynamics and NVH properties.

All models come with a centre stack mounted Uconnect multimedia touch screen to control the vehicle’s functions and systems, 12.7 centimetre(5.0-inch) on Sport and Longitude and 21.3 centimetre (8.4-inch) on other models.

An available seven-inch full-colour LED reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to receive information and feedback in their preferred format and display elements such as real-time fuel economy, driveline information and turn-by-turn navigation.

The KL Cherokee features Jeep’s newly-designed corporate steering wheel, which includes Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) audio, voice and speed controls.

ety systems include options that are new to mid-size Jeep SUVs: Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Crosspath Detection, Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, and reversing camera dynamic grid lines.

It is also the first Chrysler Group vehicle to feature the ParkSense active park assist system, which automatically steers the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

The KL Cherokee’s 7 standard airbags include front and rear side-curtain airbags and front seat- mounted side airbags.

The Jeep Cherokee will be on sale in Jeep dealers across New Zealand from 16th June 2014.

Recommended retail prices:

  • 2.4-Litre Sport 4×2 $44,990*
  • 3.2-Litre Longitude 4×4 $54,990*
  • 3.2-Litre Limited 4×4 $61,900*
  • 3.2-Litre Trailhawk 4×4 $65,990*

 

*RRP does not include on road costs and dealer delivery charges

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