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Jeep Cherokee gets a makeover


The Jeep Cherokee is the latest vehicle from the Chrysler Group to receive a makeover and it has just landed in New Zealand

Chrysler says a more sophisticated passenger cabin, along with smoother and quieter performance, are among the highlights featured in the 2010 Jeep Cherokee.

Among the changes in this 4x4 are richer, darker tones for the upholstery and trim, a real leather steering wheel, audio controls for the Sport model and a Bluetooth hands-free cellphone link as standard in the Limited model.

On the outside, much of the chrome work has given way to colour-coded paint for the trim, and the Cherokee Sport now has rear parking sensors with audible and visual display. Another safety feature that is now standard is active head restraints for the front seats.

Chrysler says the Jeep Cherokee also drives better, thanks to improvements made to the shift quality of the sequential shift automatic transmission fitted to the 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine.

Drivers can also practise their smooth driving by watching the “Eco Meter” that indicates when the vehicle is being driven at its most efficient and economical.

Both petrol and diesel versions of the Cherokee are now equipped with additional sound proofing that lowers mechanical noise.

Both the Sport and Limited Cherokee models are available with the 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine and sequential automatic transmission, producing 151kW at 5,200rpm and 314Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The Cherokee Limited also offers the option of a 2.8-litre Common Rail Diesel (CRDi) engine with an outstanding torque figure of 460Nm at 2,000rpm and maximum power output or 130kW at 3,800rpm, along with its own sequential shift auto transmission.

Other standard safety features include ESP, ABS, ETC and Electronic Rollover Mitigation and full side curtain airbags, a rugged SelecTrac II four-wheel-drive system that can be engaged in high ratio on the move, and Hill Descent Control.

See the Jeep Cherokee for sale here.

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