Jeep will offer the diesel in 138bhp or 168bhp flavours, with the latter exclusively available combined with Jeep’s new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The lower-powered diesel will come only with a six-speed manual, while sitting at the top of the line-up will be a 3.2-litre V6 petrol fitted with the auto.
Jeep will sell the Cherokee in Longtitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels in Europe, each available with varying engines and different levels of off-road ability. The new 2.0-litre diesel is only available on Longtitude and Limited, while the 3.2-litre V6 can be fitted to the Limited or Trailhawk trim levels.
Longitude and Limited can be had in front-wheel drive, or with an Active Drive 1 four-wheel-drive system. Limited models can also be specified with an Active Drive 2 system, featuring a low-range gearbox. The flagship Trailhawk models get a four-wheel-drive set-up called Active Drive Lock, which adds a locking rear-diff.
The entry-level Longitude cars come with cloth seats, while the Limited models get full leather and the Trailhawk can be had with either full leather or a combination of cloth and leather. You’ll be able to tell them apart from the outside, too, with Longitude fitted with 17-inch wheels and Limited getting 18-inch alloys. The Trailhawk comes with 17-inch wheel but gets a unique front and rear design to improve approach and departure angles, as well as Trailhawk badging, making it easy to spot.
The new Cherokee will be available in UK dealerships from May and should cost from about £23,000.