of the Jeep Cherokee - All-new from the Ground Up
Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 11, 2007
- Shown for the first time in Europe on September 11 at the 2007
International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the all-new Jeep®
Cherokee remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage while offering
customers more on-road refinement and amenities. The new Cherokee
(called Liberty in North America) takes on the Jeep rugged exterior
design, and it now comes standard with the all-new Selec-Trac® II
full-time four-wheel-drive system. Cherokee also now offers an
available Luxury Leather Package.
Jeep Cherokee delivers a powerful punch in the mid-size SUV market with
a new four-wheel-drive system, an exclusive Sky Slider full-open canvas
roof, a more rugged, classic Jeep look and an all-new interior," said
Thomas Hausch, Vice President - International Sales, Chrysler. "A real
focal point for us is the interior, where we added premium amenities
such as an available Luxury Leather Package, MyGIG Multimedia
Infotainment System with and without navigation, rain-sensing wipers
and memory seats."
all-new Jeep Cherokee will be available with its most upscale interior
ever. The Luxury Leather Package upgrades the already supple leather
seats to solid, single-colour leather coverings featuring French seam
stitching. The passenger grab handle, console storage cover and
front-door trim panels also receive the same leather treatment,
complete with the French seam stitching. The emergency brake handle and
transmission shifter receive exclusive leather treatment, brushed
stainless-steel door-sill plates welcome passengers, and the floor
carpet is augmented with premium floor mats. This package is exclusive
for Jeep Cherokee models sold outside North America.
In addition to
all-new interior design, the amenities, innovations and cargo and
storage space continue to improve. An exclusive, all-new feature is the
Sky Slider full-open canvas roof, giving the Jeep Cherokee that "Only
in a Jeep" open-air experience. Rain-sensing wipers, express-up/down
windows, and memory seats, radio and mirrors are added to the vehicle's
ever-growing list of available features and options.
There are two
models - Jeep Cherokee Sport and Jeep Cherokee Limited. The all-new
Cherokee will begin to be available in markets outside North America in
the first quarter of 2008.
The exterior design of the all-new
Jeep Cherokee takes its cues directly from the Jeep brand's legendary
65-plus years of heritage. Familiar design characteristics, such as the
clamshell bonnet, seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel openings and
rugged stance, provide the vehicle with its classic Jeep style.
Standard on both
Jeep Cherokee Sport and Limited is the signature seven-slot grille. A
front-end module that spans across the vehicle houses the grille and
headlamp system in a single unit. The structure is designed to meet
pedestrian impact and other crash standards for all markets. Front lamp
modules contain the halogen headlamps and standard fog lamps. The front
fascia is body colour on all vehicles.
At the side of
the vehicle, deep body sections and a high beltline produce a tough,
strong and capable appearance. A wheels-to-the-corner stance and
dramatic trapezoidal-shaped fender flares enhance the vehicle's side
profile. Fender flares are now painted body colour on both the Jeep
Cherokee Sport and Limited models. Dark Slate mould-in-colour bodyside
mouldings accent the Sport model, and bright chrome side mouldings are
on the Limited model. The Cherokee nameplate is distinctly stamped into
the side mouldings. A mould-in-colour side vent featuring seven slots
is placed at the side of the vehicle's elongated hood where it meets
the fender, door and A-pillar. The spare tyre is now placed underneath
the vehicle, allowing for increased interior space.
Sky Slider Full-open Canvas Roof
The all-new Jeep Cherokee brings
the "Only in a Jeep" open-air experience with the industry-exclusive
Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof. The Sky Slider roof can be
moved to several positions, including full forward, full rear or
partially open to any position in-between with a convenient express
The Sky Slider
roof is made of a reinforced acrylic cloth, similar to a convertible
top, which is weather-resistant and leak-proof. The top panel nests
into a weather strip seal to help minimise wind noise. The roof
utilises anti-pinch software that will prevent the roof from moving
should it detect an object in its path. The Sky Slider roof is an
optional feature on both the Jeep Cherokee Sport and Limited.
Interior Space with More Available Amenities
The interior of the all-new Jeep
Cherokee delivers simple, functional styling and provides customers
with ample storage and organisational space.
fold-flat front passenger and standard 60/40 split fold-flat, reclining
rear seats are perfect for loading, hauling and tailgating. The front
and rear seats - monotone on Jeep Cherokee Sport and two-tone on
Limited - feature wide inserts and heavy bolstering designed to cradle
occupants for a secure feeling. The seats have tall, square shoulders,
and the bottom cushion has been lengthened for better thigh support.
The Sport model comes standard with cloth seats. Leather, heated seats
for the front occupants are optional on the Limited model. A fold-flat
front passenger seat is also now available.
Limited also features YES Essentials seat fabric as standard. This
advanced fabric repels stains, controls odours and reduces static
electricity. The new fabric can withstand endless cleanings and without
changing the texture, appearance or comfort of the seats or surfaces
during ownership of the vehicle.
steering wheel provides the all-new Jeep Cherokee with a generous
tactile heft and feel. Standard on Limited models is a leather-wrapped
steering wheel with wheel-mounted Electronic Vehicle Information Centre
(EVIC) on the face and audio controls conveniently located on the rear
of the wheel. A tilt steering column is now standard on all models.
A new two-tone
instrument panel treatment gives the vehicle a feeling of spaciousness.
The Jeep Cherokee features a four-gauge instrument cluster with clear
white on black graphics with orange pointers and available integrated
vehicle information centre.
The centre stack
- black on Jeep Cherokee Sport models and satin silver on Limited
models - neatly houses the climate controls, vents, radio and switch
bank. For the first time, Cherokee will now be available with the MyGIG
Multimedia Infotainment System: MyGIG navigation system with real-time
traffic data update, 20-gigabyte hard drive, AM/FM/CD/MP3/DVD with
eight audio premium speakers and subwoofer. Standard on both Cherokee
models is an all-new automatic temperature control system with cabin
Also at the
centre stack is an open bin with a rubber mat, perfect for placing
mobile phones, hand-held PDAs or coins. A small enclosed storage
compartment left of the steering wheel provides an additional source of
storage for the driver.
console storage bin, in addition to holding CDs and DVDs, also features
an additional top-mounted tray. There are bins on the driver- and
passenger-side doors, and a map pocket behind the driver's seat.
There are several storage and
convenience features designed into Jeep Cherokee's spacious rear cargo
Both left and
right trim panels have cargo tie-down loops for securing items to the
load floor. The left trim panel houses a concealed compartment for jack
storage and tools.
The load floor
system has a reversible carpeted surface. Dual latches on either side
release for access to a four-inch-deep (10cm) waterproof storage bin
beneath the lid - perfect for muddy boots or flats of flowers.
3.7-litre V-6 Engine
The 3.7-litre SOHC
V-6 petrol engine provides the Jeep Cherokee with competitive peak
power and torque while providing smooth, quiet operation and proven
durability. It produces 151 kW (205 hp DIN) at 5,200 rpm and 314 Nm
(232 lb.-ft.) of torque at 4,000 rpm.
the valve train and combustion chamber, working together as a system,
enhance low-speed torque while providing a smooth idle and minimal
engine noise. A sophisticated Electronic Throttle Control system helps
to improve drivability and acceleration feel. The exhaust gas
recirculation valve helps to increase the engine's fuel economy.
The Jeep Cherokee will also be
available with a 2.8-litre DOHC 16-valve common-rail turbo diesel
engine. With its Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and rapid
throttle response, this engine enables the Cherokee to claim
best-in-class torque of 460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.) at 2,000 rpm, towing
capacity of up to 2,800kg (6,173 lbs.) and a driving range of 725
kilometres (450 miles). Maximum power is 130 kW (177 hp DIN) at 3,800
CRD engine also provides a weight savings of approximately 6 per cent,
increased cam belt life (durability now of 140,000 kilometres / 87,000
miles), Piezo fuel injectors to improve fuel system speed and control,
and fuel economy that is equivalent to the previous engine despite the
power and torque increases.
A forged steel
crankshaft now features eight counterweights compared to the prior
crankshaft, which had four. A structural oil pan assists in reducing
noise, vibration and harshness on the new engine.
The VGT now has
an electronically controlled actuator as opposed to a pneumatic
actuator on the previous engine. This provides improved cold launch
performance, and it also allows the turbocharger to spool up faster
from idle, minimising turbo lag and providing good low-end and high-end
Full-time Four-wheel-drive System
Standard for the first time is
the all-new Selec-Trac II full-time four-wheel-drive system. The
Selec-Trac II four-wheel-drive system is a full-time, active on-demand
system that anticipates and prevents wheel slip before it occurs. It is
ideal for a wide range of road settings, including dry pavement
conditions not typically suited for conventional part-time
system offers a 4WD Auto mode that is just right for full-time driving.
When driving in 4WD Auto mode, the system uses vehicle sensors to
adjust and redirect torque between the front and rear axles based upon
real-time driving conditions, providing the vehicle with responsive
capability when traversing steep grades, rough terrain or extremely
poor traction surfaces, the transfer case includes a 4WD Low mode. This
second speed gear multiplies engine torque 2.72 times and locks the
clutch pack for maximum traction.
shifting between 4WD Auto and 4WD Low is accomplished with a
console-mounted switch. A pushpin button is used to shift to Neutral
mode. Selec-Trac II is standard on both Jeep Cherokee models.
Suspension and Steering Systems
independent front suspension, all-new five-link rear suspension and a
power rack-and-pinion steering system contribute to the all-new Jeep
Cherokee's blend of on-road ride comfort and nimble,
short and long-arm coil spring front suspension provides drivers with
an optimum combination of ride, handling and a steering feel that is
unattainable with typical strut-type suspensions. A link-type
stabiliser bar helps control body lean in cornering and lane-change
manoeuvres. Ample wheel travel and tuned jounce bumpers help maintain
the vehicleâ€™s consistent ride quality. A low-arm design mounts
the upper control arm on the longitudinal rail of the front body
structure for optimum stiffness to minimise noise, vibration and
A new five-link
rear suspension, including upper and lower trailing links and a track
bar, provides greater lateral stiffness, making the vehicle feel more
responsive. The solid axle delivers uniform handling and stability when
the vehicle is loaded or towing a trailer.
To help create a
premium on-road driving experience and confident road feel, Jeep
Cherokee engineers focussed on the vehicle's steering. The power
rack-and-pinion steering imparts a precise feel and provides a turning
circle similar to vehicles with a shorter wheelbase.
and Automatic Transmissions
There are three transmissions
offered on the Jeep Cherokee - a six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
and four-speed automatic transmission - depending on the engine choice.
manual transmission is standard on all Jeep Cherokee models. It
provides optimal shift quality, quiet operation and high quality. Short
throws are accompanied by low shift efforts through the use of
multiple-cone synchronisers on first through fourth gears, triple cones
on first and second gear, and double cones on third and fourth. The 3-4
synchroniser mounts with the cluster gear on the countershaft to
minimise shift effort by lowering inertia. State-of-the-art
synchroniser materials ensure a constant coefficient of friction
throughout the service life with high-wear resistance. For precise
shifting, a multi-rail shift system is used. Hard-finished gears allow
for quiet operation. The two-piece aluminium case with integrated
clutch housing contributes to powertrain stiffness and light weight.
automatic transmission is available with the 3.7-litre V-6 petrol
engine. The transmission incorporates a variable hydraulic line
pressure feature to increase fuel economy.
Optional for the
2.8-litre CRD engine is the 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission.
It is shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and improvements include
more quiet operation.
Hill Descent Control
Jeep-engineered Hill Descent Control system introduced on the new Jeep
Grand Cherokee is also standard equipment on the all-new Cherokee. The
system was designed to mimic the downhill control and flexibility
afforded by the ultra-low gearing found in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with
its 4:1 ratio transfer case and six-speed manual transmission. This
gearing provides for six speeds of controlled hill descent.
the 4WD Low position, Hill Descent Control provides downhill assistance
at a controlled rate of speed with more precision and smoother
operation than simply using the brakes. By means of electronic brake
control, Hill Descent Control supplements the gear reduction and engine
braking that a traditional mechanical low-range transfer case provides.
Unlike most of its competitors, the new Jeep Cherokee with Hill Descent
Control offers extremely smooth transitions between speeds and allows
the driver to use the throttle and brakes without turning the system
off, with a smooth and controlled return to the preset speed after the
driver releases the throttle or brakes.
Control was engineered to provide the smoothest transitions possible,
even from a complete stop on extremely steep and slippery surfaces.
Control is standard on all Jeep Cherokee models with automatic
A Hill Start Assist
system is new for Jeep Cherokee. It provides the driver time to
transition from brake to throttle to achieve a smooth launch on a
grade. The system will hold brake pressure for two seconds upon the
driver's release of the brake pedal. The Hill Start Assist system
decreases wheel pressure in response to increasing throttle to provide
a smooth launch. This system is extremely helpful when driving in urban
as well as off-road areas with steep hills.
Assist is standard on all Jeep Cherokee models.
Cherokee Safety and Security Equipment
continues to build on its already long list of Safety and Security
- Advanced multi-stage air bags
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Rough Road Detection
- All-speed Traction Control
- Auto-reverse sun roof/Sky Slider
- Auto-reverse driver window
- Brake Assist
- Brake/Park interlock
- Child seat anchor system (ISOFIX)
- Child-protection rear door locks
- Crumple zones
- Digressive load-limiting retractors
- Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
- Energy-absorbing steering column
- Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
- Height-adjustable front seat belts
- Hill Descent Control
- Hill Start Assist
- Interior head-impact protection
- Knee bolsters
- Low-risk deployment front passenger air bag
- ParkSense® Rear Back-up System
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Remote keyless entry
- Safety cage body structure
- Seat belt pretensioners (both front seat belts)
- Sentry Key® Engine Immobiliser
- Side guard door beams
- Side Occupant Protection System
- Supplemental side curtain air bags
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPM)
- UConnect® Hands-free Communication System
- Vehicle theft security alarm
The heroic heritage
of the Jeep brand and its dominance of the SUV market stretch back more
than 65 years, and still today, Jeep continues to deliver on its
promise to provide versatile, innovative four-wheel-drive vehicles. The
Jeep brand is known worldwide for its core values of mastery,
authenticity, freedom and adventure.
vehicle sales outside North America in 2007 have increased 13 per cent
to 54,068 units, compared with sales in 2006 (through July). Two of the
top-five best-selling Chrysler vehicles outside North America are Jeep
models: the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a close second, and the Jeep
Cherokee is number five.
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