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Legendary Capability: 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV

The legendary Cherokee nameplate was welcomed back into the Jeep model line back in 2014. The all-new Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, improved fuel economy superior on-road ride and handling, revolutionary exterior design, and class-exclusive technology.

For 2018, Jeep Cherokee has realigned the trim levels to Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk. As the base trim level, Latitude includes premium standard features such as: 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, roof rails, rear back up camera, bright daylight opening (DLO) moldings as well as body-color mirrors and door handles.

The addition of Latitude Plus adds popular features as standard: 8.4-inch Uconnect radio with color touch screen, SiriusXM Radio, Passive Entry/Keyless Go, cloth seats with leather inserts, leather steering wheel with audio controls, eight-way power driver seat with power four-way lumbar support, ambient lighting, 115-volt AC outlet at the back of console and 17-inch aluminum wheels with a unique finish. The Cherokee Trailhawk also adds new standard features this year, which includes a suite of safety features as well as Dual-zone/Automatic Temperature Control. The Cherokee Limited now features standard safety features as well as a power liftgate.

Standard power is provided by a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine. A 3.2L Pentastar V-6 engine is an available option. Torque for both engines is communicated to the ground through the automaker’s 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission. The Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4x4 systems for best-in-class 4x4 capability in all weather conditions. The mid-size Jeep SUV features rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed, improving fuel efficiency.

The Cherokee rides on FIAT Group’s Compact U.S. Wide platform. The Cherokee’s body structure has a high-strength steel content of roughly 65 percent. Hot stamped-, high-strength- and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight, solid vehicle architecture. Control hardware consists of a front independent suspension with MacPherson struts and a rear independent multi-link suspension. The front suspension provides 6.7 inches of travel while the rear suspension provides up to 7.8 inches of travel for better articulation.

Inside the passenger cabin is modern, inviting and comfortable. A sophisticated, refined design, hand-sculpted forms, signature Jeep design cues, high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and attention-to-detail raise the bar. The easy-to-use instrument cluster displays the basic information a driver needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add information they desire, similar to an iPhone. The 60/40 split second-row seats adjust fore and aft for increased passenger comfort and cargo flexibility.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 106.3; overall length: 182.0; width: 73.2; height: 66.2
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.4L MultiAir Tigershark four-cylinder – 184 hp at 6,400 rpm and 171 lbs-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm; 3.2L V6 – 271 hp at 6,500 rpm and 239 lbs-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Transmission: nine-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 2.4L four-cylinder – 21 city/30 hwy. (4x2), 21 city/28 hwy. (4x4); 3.2L V6 – 21 city/29 hwy. (4x2), 20 city/27 hwy. (4x4).
Cargo capacity: 49.5 cubic feet
Towing capacity: 4,500 lbs.

Safety features
Dual front airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, dual front knee bolster airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control with hill start assist, electronic roll mitigation, trailer sway control, engine immobilizer, LED daytime running lights, automatic high intensity discharge headlamps, fog lamps, remote keyless entry, ParkView rear backup camera, and Park Assist. Latitude Plus adds passive entry/Keyless Enter ‘n Go, push-button start. Limited adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, remote engine start, security alarm, and universal garage door opener. Overland adds Uconnect 3C communications system with navigation.

Optional safety features include: automatic high beam headlamp control system, front rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go, full-speed forward collision warning with crash mitigation, and lane departure warning system.

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile
Powertrain: 5-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/100,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/100,000 mile 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV ranges from $24,395 for the Latitude FWD upto $37,340 for the Overland 4x4. Destination charges add $1,195.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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