JEEP BRINGS BACK CHEROKEE NAME WITH NEW 9-SPEED TRANNY, 2 ADVANCED ENGINES




2014 Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Cherokee

The Cherokee name returns to the Jeep vehicle lineup in volume at dealerships for the 2014 model year this month.

Chrysler announced the move last week, saying that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee “completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features.”

Mike Manley, president and CEO – Jeep Brand, said, “The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep.”

He said the 2014 Jeep Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4×4 systems for best-in-class 4×4 capability in all weather conditions. Manley said the Jeep Cherokee is the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed, improving fuel efficiency.

Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive I features a single power transfer unit (PTU), which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed.

Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing.

All 4×4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Up to five customized settings are offered.

The Cherokee features Chrysler Group’s 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission, the first time a nine-speed automatic transmission has been used in the segment and is standard equipment in all models of the new Cherokee.

The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine is the first derivative of the .6- liter Pentastar V6, named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines three years running.

The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine benefits from the same innovations that earned its larger displacement predecessor industry-wide acclaim for efficiency, power and refinement.

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