Jeep’s award-winning Cherokee has been improved for 2005 with a new look, updated interior and a new 2.8-litre diesel engine, with variable geometry turbo, that boasts lower emissions, more power and higher torque than the previous engine.
This common-rail diesel 2.8-litre engine replaces the 2.5-litre diesel unit across the entire Cherokee range, and uses an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger to improve control of boost pressure, reduce emissions and improve full load engine power and torque. Injectors on the 2.8-litre diesel have also been improved so that fuel burns more thoroughly, producing fewer particulates and lower emissions than previous generation diesel engines.
This Euro IV engine is mated to either a new six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission and produces 161 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 295 lb ft of torque at 1800rpm. The 0-62 mph time with the manual transmission is 12.8 seconds and 12.2 seconds for the automatic.
The new six-speed manual gearbox is also fitted as standard to the 2.4-litre petrol engine, while a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission completes the range.
The Cherokee includes a host of features including a new front grille with foglamps integrated in the grille surround together with a new front fascia, wider and more comfortable seats with improved lumbar support and rear seats that fold flatter than the previous model. Other improvements include moving the electric window switches to the centre console for better ergonomics and side-curtain airbags as standard on Limited models.
Simon Elliott, Managing Director for Chrysler Group in the UK, said: "The Cherokee has always been a big seller for Jeep in the UK – we have sold more than12,000 vehicles since 2001. Customers are often surprised just how much standard equipment you get in a Jeep, and the combination of its new rugged good looks and a 4*NCAP safety rating will all help make it an even more attractive purchase."
The Sport model, which starts the range at £17,995, is available with either the 2.4-litre or 2.8-litre engines, and features 16in steel wheels, multi-stage airbags, front fog lights, headlamp levelling, air conditioning, ABS, electric front windows and a single CD player as standard. Limited models, available with the 2.8-litre CRD or 3.7 V6 engine, come with 17in alloy wheels, chrome front grille, side curtain airbags, cruise control and power front seats as standard.
The addition of the VGT to the 2.8-litre CRD engine has increased the mount of torque on offer by 11 per cent – 266 lb ft to 295 lb ft compared to the previous engine, while the power output has increased from 148 bhp to 161 bhp. The CO2 emissions have fallen from 262 g/km to 246 g/km while the top speed stays the same at 108 mph.
The new Cherokee is available from all Chrysler UK dealers from January 2005. The commercial version of the Cherokee, the Pioneer, will also feature the 2.8-litre engine and is available with either a six speed manual gearbox or five-speed automatic transmission.