UPDATE August 29, 2014: A new diesel model has been added to the Cherokee range. Learn more here.
Jeep has announced the arrival of its all-new Cherokee in Australia, starting at $33,500 for the entry-level 2WD Cherokee Sport.
And with its pinched headlights and sleek lines, it's easily Jeep's most adventurous design yet.
The Cherokee launches with a four-model line-up, with the base model Sport being the only 2WD variant in the range, as well as the only non-V6 option.
The Longtitude 4x4 is the next step up from the Sport and retails from $39,000, the Limited 4x4 follows at $44,000 and the off-road focused Trailhawk 4x4 tops off the range at $47,500.
In the Cherokee Sport, you'll find a 2.4 litre petrol four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic transmission.
Power is listed at 130kW and torque peaks at 229Nm, which is on par with other similarly-sized engines in the medium SUV segment.
Fuel economy for the 2.4 is listed at 8.3 l/100km and drive is taken exclusively to the front wheels, but step up to the Longitude, Limited or Trailhawk and you'll find a completely different mechanical package altogether.
The Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk are all powered by the same 200kW/316Nm 3.2 litre Pentastar V6, with a nine-speed automatic sandwiched between the engine and the Cherokee's multi-mode Active Drive AWD system.
Electric power steering is standard on all Cherokees, as is a MacPherson strut front and four-link independent rear suspension layout.
Jeep claims a fuel economy of 10.0 l/100km for the V6.
The Trailhawk gets a slightly different drivetrain to the Longtitude and Limited, with an extra 'Rock' setting on its drive mode dial, hill descent and ascent control, and a lockable rear differential.
The Trailhawk's suspension is also 25mm taller than other Cherokee models, clearing 221mm. Spring and damper settings are also unique to the Trailhawk.
Meanwhile, the Trailhawk's unique front and rear bumpers offer improved approach and departure angles of 29.9 degrees and 32.2 degrees respectively.
All Cherokee models get alloy wheels, reversing camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB audio inputs, three 12V power outlets, stability control and nine airbags as standard.
Move up into the Longitude, and you can add auto-on headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control, an eight-way powered driver's seat, powered tailgate, remote start and leather-upholstered steering wheel.
Front and rear parking sensors are a cost option on both the Sport and Longitude.
The Limited gets parking sensors as standard, as well as heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker 506W Alpine premium audio system, front foglamps, a 7-inch LCD instrument panel, sat-nav and an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia display.
The Trailhawk, besides its impressive array of off-road gear, gets all of the features of the Limited plus all-season floor mats, a matte-black decal package and red contrast stitching on its leather upholstery.
Rear storage is listed at 700 litres with all seats in place, rising to 1555 litres with the rear seats folded.
PRICING (Excludes on-road costs)
- Sport 4x2 - 2.4 litre 4cyl auto - $33,500
- Longitude 4x4 - 3.2 litre V6 auto - $39,000
- Limited 4x4 - 3.2 litre V6 auto - $44,000
- Trailhawk 4x4 3.2-litre V6 auto - $47,500