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2014 Jeep Cherokee Preview

3/27/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Front-wheel or 4-wheel drive
  • 4-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels
  • 5-passenger seating
  • 54.9 cubic feet maximum cargo capacity
  • 4,500-pound maximum tow rating
  • Numerous new safety technologies
  • Optional Uconnect 8.4 with wireless charging pad
  • Optional panoramic glass or canvas retractable roof

Introduction
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a midsize, 5-passenger crossover SUV offered with front-wheel or 4-wheel drive (4WD). It replaces the Liberty in Jeep's lineup and is sold in Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels.

Exterior Features
Designed with a distinctive face with three distinct lighting elements flanking a traditional 7-slot Jeep grille, the 2014 Cherokee has aerodynamic styling designed to help maximize fuel economy, according to the automaker. Mindful of preserving approach, breakover, and departure angles, Jeep stylists blended familiar trapezoidal wheel arches and protective lower body trim with LED running lights, LED taillights, and 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, depending on the trim level.

Interior Features

Jeep wanted the 2014 Cherokee's interior to reflect premium materials, to deliver a quiet ride, and to offer smart cargo carrying and storage solutions. Soft-touch materials are used where the owner is likely to contact the cabin, and premium cloth upholstery is standard.

The Cherokee's front passenger seat folds in half to help the SUV carry longer items, and the rear seat provides 6 inches of fore/aft travel and a 60/40-split design. When the rear seat is in use, the Cherokee holds 24.8 cubic feet of cargo, and when it is folded, the SUV holds 54.9 cubic feet of cargo.

Optional Features
In addition to three different 4WD systems, the 2014 Cherokee is available with a CommandView panoramic glass sunroof or a Sky Slider canvas retractable roof panel. Aluminum wheels are included on all except the Cherokee Sport trim level, and this new Jeep can be outfitted with premium Nappa leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a Jeep Cargo Management System.

The 2014 Cherokee is the first Chrysler Group model to receive an optional Adaptive Cruise Control Plus system, which uses a front-mounted radar unit and a camera to provide full-speed-range cruise control that can bring the SUV to a complete stop and then resume travel with the touch of a button or a push on the accelerator.

Another Chrysler first that debuts with the 2014 Cherokee is an optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist system. Sensors identify properly sized parking spaces and the system automatically steers the Jeep into a space while the driver operates the brake, accelerator, and transmission.

Under the Hood
Jeep will offer a choice between two engines for the 2014 Cherokee. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated to generate 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine, shared with the Dodge Dart, delivers power to the Cherokee's front wheels through a new 9-speed automatic transmission, and Jeep says it will get 31 mpg on the highway.

A new 3.2-liter V-6 engine is optional for the redesigned Cherokee. It generates 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, and is E85-compatible. With this engine, a 9-speed automatic drives the front wheels, and when properly equipped, the V-6 can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

Three different 4WD systems are available for the 2014 Cherokee, all equipped with a rear-axle disconnect that helps to conserve fuel, Jeep says. Jeep Active Drive 1 is an automatic system that transfers power to the rear wheels when the front wheels slip. Jeep Active Drive II is a 2-speed system with low-range gearing. Cherokees with this 4WD system have a ride height that is raised one inch to provide improved approach, breakover, and departure angles, according to Jeep. Optional for Sport, Latitude, and Limited trim levels and standard for Trailhawk models, Jeep Active Drive Lock adds a locking rear differential to the Jeep Active Drive II system.

All Cherokee models with 4WD are equipped with a Selec-Terrain traction control system with five driver-controlled settings: Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

In addition to a standard Jeep Active Drive Lock 4WD system, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk earns its Trail-Rated badges with standard all-terrain tires, 50 pounds of underbody skid plates, restyled front and rear bumpers to improve approach and departure angles, and red tow hooks front and rear.

Safety
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with 10 standard air bags. Available safety features include hill-ascent control, hill-descent control, 9-1-1 Assist service, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection.

In addition to these safety features, the new Cherokee debuts two technologies new to the Chrysler portfolio. Forward Collision Warning Plus uses the same radar and camera units as the Adaptive Cruise Control Plus system, identifying when the Cherokee is closing too rapidly on objects ahead and warning the driver to take action while preparing the braking system for maximum stopping power. If the driver fails to act, or does not act appropriately, the system can apply braking power to reduce speed prior to impact.

The optional Lane Departure Warning Plus system uses a camera to identify when the Cherokee is unintentionally drifting from its lane, generating visual and haptic warnings for the driver while applying the brakes to tug the SUV back into its intended lane of travel.

Technology
The 2014 Cherokee can be optioned with a Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with Access via Mobile technology and a wireless charging pad for mobile devices. The system provides color touch-screen access to the audio system, navigation system, and mobile applications, and includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth music streaming, voice-to-text messaging capability, and more. Uconnect can be used with voice commands or redundant hard keys on the dashboard, in addition to the touch screen.

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