DETROIT, MI: Jeep Cherokee enters its 2019 model with a new global engine and five trim levels but it remains all Jeep.
As shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cherokee remains a core model with annual Canadian sales regularly topping 250,000 units in the intermediate SUV segment.
FCA Canada knows buyers in this country love to customize their Cherokees which is why there will be five different wheels and 12 exterior colours available.
The standard engine is a new 2.0-litre direct injection inline, turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
There are two optional engine choices, a 3.2-litre V6 rated at 271 hp and 239 lb/ft of torque and a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder producing 180 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque both with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep claims the V6 offers best in class towing of 2,041 kg (4,500 lb) when properly equipped.
When it comes to utility, the rear cargo bed is eight cm longer upping cargo volume to 764 litres (27 cu ft).
But Jeeps are all about going off-road and to that end buyers have a choice of three 4X4 systems.
Available on the Cherokee Sport, North, Limited and Overland models, Jeep Active Drive I features an all-new design for Cherokee.
Jeep engineers set out to reduce weight and enhance efficiency of the next-generation rear drive module (RDM), which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed.
Available on the Cherokee North, Limited and Overland models, the recalibrated Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU) with torque management and low range.
The 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction that allows for enhanced climbing ability; as well outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions.
Lastly, Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed traction for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.
All 4×4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock.
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk models with the standard off-road package are Trail Rated.
The “Trail Rated” badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions.
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