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    3599 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 23.0 kmpl
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Jeep Cherokee Review

Highlights

June 22, 2015It is quite some time that we are hearing about the Cherokee brand is going to make its debut in India but that thing hasn't happened yet, but it is most likely to finally arrive here by the end of this year. This premium American SUV is better known for its butch looks and the off-road capabilities. Dimensionally, it is 4821 mm long, 1943 mm wide, and 1730 mm tall (approximatle). Eventually, it will have a roomy cabin with optimum amount of space. Furthermore, it will be getting a decent infotainment system on the inside and probably 4x2 and 4x4 options to choose from.

Overview

Jeep is a renowned auto brand of America, which is a part of formerly Chrysler Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It is famous for their sport utility and off-road vehicles, which are available in the global car markets. Now the company is going to launch its luxurious sports utility vehicle, Jeep Cherokee in the Indian car market. However, the date of the launch is not officially announced, but it is expected that it comes sometime this year. According to the main website, it is going to come with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine, which has the displacement capacity of about 2987cc. It is integrated with six cylinders, which allows the SUV to deliver a power packed performance and decent mileage. This engine can generate a maximum power of 215bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 510Nm, which is rather good for Indian road conditions. Probably this mill will be mated an eight speed automatic transmission gear box. It is expected to be launched with both two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to select from. It has a large wheelbase along with a decent ground clearance, which makes it capable for off-roading. It has a reliable braking mechanism, which is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. There will be another aspects like hill start assist and traction control that adds to the advantage. As far as suspension mechanism is concerned, it is quite proficient and keeps the vehicle well balanced at all times. This system is further improved by electronic stability control and trailer sway damping.


One the other hand, it is expected to come with a spacious internal cabin, which will easily accommodate five passengers. It provides ample leg space along with head room for all, which helps in giving a pleasurable driving experience. Its seats are very comfortable and covered with premium fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the variants. The seats not only do the basic work of providing comfort, but go one step further in ensuring you are seated in a cocoon of comfort. Every bit of the interiors boast of high quality trim work and showcases best in class fit and finish. In terms of features, the cabin is bestowed with an innovative aspects, which are an adaptive cruise control with braking guard, which has intelligent automatic speed and distance control system for added comfort. It helps in maintaining required distance to vehicle ahead by braking and accelerating using radar system. It also has an advanced infotainment unit with touchscreen display, auto dimming inside rear view mirror, dual zone automatic climate control and many other such aspects. This vehicle will compete against the likes of Mercedes Benz M Class, Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Land Rover Freelander 2 and others in this luxurious SUV segment.


Speculated to be out soon, it promises to take the luxury car owning experience a little further. It is designed by some of the finest American engineering craftsmanship, it adorns a seductive outfit that have plenty of aerodynamic cues all over its body. Its front facade is designed with an aggressive radiator grille, which is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is expected to be incorporated with high intensity lamps and side turn indicator. The large bumper houses an air intake section for cooling the engine and it is flanked by a pair of bright fog lamps. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors along with memory function, large windscreen with intermittent wipers, a set of alloy wheels and many other such aspects, which gives it a captivating look on the roads. One of the most important feature of this vehicle is the presence of panoramic sunroof. It comprises two sections, where the front glass tilted or slid open/closed. It is also equipped with electrically operated sun blind for the front and rear passengers.

Exteriors

This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a rugged body structure and aggressive look, which will lure the car enthusiasts. This mode series is quite intimidating owing to its masculine body structure. To start with the front facade, it is designed with a perforated radiator grille, which is garnished in a lot of chrome. There is a prominent company logo at the tip of the bonnet and it is complimented by a few character lines. This grille is flanked by neatly crafted designed headlight cluster that houses high intensity headlamps along with side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper and it is accompanied by a silver finished protective cladding along with an under guard for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This bumper houses a large air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver, especially in bad weather conditions. The windscreen is pretty large and gives a proper view ahead. It is made of toughened laminated glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its rear end, it has a distinctive design with tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. The rear windscreen has an unusual design, which is accompanied by a defogger along with wiper. It also has a sporty roof spoiler, which is incorporated with LED third brake light that provides additional protection. The company has embedded variant badging, thick chrome strip and a license plate console on the large tail gate. The body colored bumper is quite sleek and it is fitted with a black cladding for preventing it from damages and it also accompanied by a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes. The bumper houses a couple of reflectors along with an additional brake light. Its side profile inherits the iconic classy design with precisely molded wheel arches and silver protective molding. Its A and B pillars have been garnished in high gloss black, whereas window sill in chrome finish. The door handles along with ORVM (outside rear view mirrors) and fenders have been treated in body color, whereas the lower cladding gets a black finish. The wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of stylish 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will offers a superior grip on any road conditions. When all these features will put together, the company is going to give one of the most good looking vehicle in this segment.

Exterior Measurements:

The company has designed this sports utility vehicle with generous ground clearance of 218.4mm, which makes it capable for off-roading. It has a long wheelbase of 2916mm, which ensures a spacious cabin for accommodating five passengers. The overall length, width and height are 4821mm, 1943 (with both external wing mirrors) and 1760mm, which includes roof rails respectively.

Interiors

The internal cabin of this upcoming SUV series is extremely spacious and provides enough leg space along with head and shoulder room for all occupants. The cabin is done up in a dual tone scheme, which is further complimented by a lot of chrome and wood inserts. Its driver oriented cockpit comes with a commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. Its steering wheel comes with four way manual adjustment function and it is wrapped with premium leather upholstery. This is mounted with illuminated control switches and decorated with the company's emblem in the center. It has a large smooth dashboard, which is equipped with attractive central and floor console along with an AC unit, infotainment system and several control switches of this sports utility vehicle. The advanced instrument cluster is equipped with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It features quite a few functions like digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, trip-computer, a digital clock and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it is also incorporated with several utility based features provided inside the cabin like two individual front center armrests, inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices. In terms of seating, the company has designed its seats ergonomically and comes with excellent support all the way from neck to thigh. All the seats are covered with premium leather upholstery, which further adds to the elegance of its interiors. The front individual seats have 8-way electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level. In addition to this, its top end variant is bestowed with heating function for both the front and rear seats, which enhances the drive comfort. The second row seat has complex 35:30:35 facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume.

Interior Comfort:

For giving a pleasurable driving experience, the company is going to give this yet to be launched SUV a lot of sophisticated features. It has a proficient automatic air conditioning system with dual zone climate control. It also features air quality control and heater. The presence of rear AC vents keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature. It is blessed with surround camera system along with rear view camera, which helps in easier parking. It also has front and rear parking aid along with parallel and perpendicular park assist for additional safety. The auto cruise control helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The cabin is incorporated with a premium sound system, which also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. It supports CD player, radio with AM/FM tuner, iPod connectivity, remote control and so on. Apart from these, there are several other features provided inside like auto dimming inside rear view mirror, premium carpet mats, push button engine start, dual front sun visors featuring vanity mirror and power steering with electrically adjustable steering column. In addition to these, its top end trim is blessed with features like electric sunroof, keyless entry function, front central console cooled chubby box, heating function for front and rear seats. This vehicle is also furnished with electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. It has an advanced cruise control system, which maintains a steady speed as set by the driver. It also has lane departure warning, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection system. The company has incorporated with rear view camera, which also has a five inch TFT display on driver information system and it is an added advantage.

Interior Measurements:

This vehicle comes with a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate five passengers. It provides ample leg space and head room for all and gives a pleasurable driving experience. The company has given it a large boot compartment, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. At the same time, for planning a longer journeys, it has a large fuel tank, which can store up to 75 litres of diesel in it.

Acceleration & Pick-Up

With the help of an eight speed automatic transmission gear box, this motor enables the SUV to attain a top speed in the range of 200 to 220 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 12-15 seconds from a standstill, which is rather thrilling for the occupants sitting inside.

Engine and Performance

As per speculation, this sports utility vehicle will come with a 3.0-litre diesel engine, under the bonnet, which has the displacement capacity of 2987cc. It is complaint with with Euro V emission norms and integrated with six cylinders along with twenty four valves using DOHC (double overhead camshaft) based valve configuration. Its manual version can churn out a peak power of 215bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 510Nm, which is quite good for driving on Indian roads. This diesel motor is cleverly mated with an efficient eight speed automatic transmission gear box. It might come with two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to select from.

Mileage

This 3.0-litre diesel engine is expected to be incorporated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the SUV to produce a maximum mileage of 12.5 Kmpl approximately on the highways. While its fuel economy goes down to 9 Kmpl, when it is driven on the city roads, because of frequent gear changes.

Power of Jeep Cherokee

This motor can churn out a maximum power of 215bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 510Nm, which will be quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions.

Stereo & Accessories

It is expected to be fitted with a highly proficient infotainment system with 5-inch touchscreen display. It also has nineteen Harman Kardon speakers with Subwoofer. It supports several media formats including MP3, USB interface, Aux-in port and so on. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a navigation system that helps to choose a right direction. In addition to these, this model series also gets a leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient to the driver. It is mounted with audio and call control buttons along with cruise control. The company has also given a seven inch LCD display for instrument cluster along with tachometer. Buyers who look to purchase this vehicle can customize its interiors with several styling features including premium leather upholstery with contrast top-stitching, wood inserts in doors and dashboard, rear seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD Player, floor carpets and illuminated scuff plates. While its exteriors can be personalized with aspects like stylish body decals, nudge guard with additional lights, bonnet scoops, diffusers and chrome plated tailpipe system.

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Braking & Handling

It is expected that the company will give this vehicle an efficient braking mechanism along with reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps it stable at all times. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, which is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It is also equipped with an electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that adds to the advantage. On the other hand, its both axles are assembled with an active damping type of suspension mechanism. It is further assisted by traction control and trailer sway damping control system. Then the cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based electric power assisted steering wheel, which is quite responsive. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is speed sensitive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.

Safety & Security

According to the main website, this yet to be launched vehicle is incorporated with a lot of safety aspects that ensures better security of its occupants as well as vehicle. It comes with a rigid body structure that has crumple zones as well as side impact protection beams, which helps in minimizing the impact in case of a collision takes place. There are child safety locks available on the rear doors for an enhanced security of children. It is being offered with a total of seven airbags that safeguards the passengers in the event of an accident. These include dual front and side airbags for the front passengers, curtain side airbags for all three rows and driver knee airbags as well. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry into it. It has an advanced instrument panel that displays notifications of driver seat belt, low fuel consumption and door ajar, which keeps the driver alert. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. It prevents from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied, especially on slippery roads. Another key aspect is the electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that is a big plus point. The cabin is incorporated with a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, while there are seat belts offered for all its occupants. The parking assist system with rear camera as well as sensors enables the driver to park it safely. In addition to these, it also has auto speed lock, rear defogger, downhill assist control, jam protection on all power windows, a high mounted stop lamp, hill start assist control, a centrally located fuel tank and a central locking system that gives maximum protection to the occupants.

Wheels

The flared up wheel arches are expected to be fitted with an elegant set of 16 or 17 inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. It enhances the look of its side profile and gives sporty look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which ensures a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has a full size spare wheel, which is equipped in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard feature across all the variants.

Pros

1. Roomy internal cabin with ergonomically designed well cushioned seats.
2. Presence of ESP along with trailer sway damping control system is a big plus point.
3. Decent ground clearance of 218.4mm makes it capable for off-roading.
4. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
5. Classy external appearance with lots of styling aspects is going to be a big advantage.

Cons

1. Navigation system can be given as standard feature.
2. There is still scope of improving it interior design.
3. Engine noise, vibration and harshness can be reduced.
4. Fuel economy can be made better.
5. Initial cost of ownership is going to be quite expensive.

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