2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (above)
The all-new Jeep Cherokee will be released|
in Australia during
the final quarter 2013.
All-new Jeep Cherokee debuts
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28th March, 2013
With an all-new look, Jeep is set on raising the bar with legendary
capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy improvements of more the 45 per cent over the out-going model. The
revolutionary Jeep design is claimed to feature world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety
and technology features
- Best-in-class capability
- Three new four-wheel-drive systems that raise the standard for mid-size SUVs:
- Jeep Active Drive I with one-speed power transfer unit (PTU)
- Jeep Active Drive II with two-speed PTU and low range
- Jeep Active Drive Lock with two-speed PTU, low range and locking rear differential
- New Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customised modes – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock
- Best-in-class V6 towing capability – 2,041 kg
- Jeep Trail Rated capability
- Up to a 56:1 crawl ratio, a 90-per cent improvement versus the outgoing mode
- Fuel economy improvements of more the 45 per cent over the out-going model
- First SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
- Industry-first rear-axle disconnect resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed; improving fuel
- 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir I-4 delivers a more than 45 per cent fuel economy improvement versus outgoing model and
nearly 800 km range
- First use of Chrysler Group’s new 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine
- Superior on-road ride and handling
- First Jeep vehicle to utilise Chrysler Group’s Compact US Wide (CUS-wide) platform
- New independent front and rear suspension
- Increased torsional stiffness
- Exceptionally quiet cabin
- New Jeep Design with world-class craftsmanship
- New aerodynamic design cues combine Jeep heritage with advanced technology
- Aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to leading capability
- Advanced LED lighting technology with distinctive daytime running lights
- Well-crafted interior with extensive use of soft-touch materials
- Class-exclusive all-new CommandView panoramic sunroof and Sky Slider roof
- Array of advanced, cutting edge technology features
- Full-colour 7-inch reconfigurable LED instrument cluster
- Uconnect 8.4-inch colour touchscreen media centre
- Uconnect Access Via Mobile
- More than 70 advanced safety and security features
- First Chrysler Group use of ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System aids the driver in
- Clever functionality and versatility
- Second-row 60/40 split folding seat moves fore and aft for passenger comfort and cargo flexibility
- Fold-flat front passenger seat with covered in-seat storage
- Useful, clever storage features throughout the Cherokee cabin
- Innovative Jeep Cargo Management System
There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment according to folks at Jeep: the
all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee which is making its debut at the 2013 New York Motor Show in USA.
The renowned Cherokee name completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a
segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 per cent (versus the outgoing
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. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight
consumers both on the road and on the trail.
“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 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,”
said US-based Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.
“Jeep Cherokee boasts a new design, a nine-speed automatic transmission and two advanced engines, class-leading
capability from three innovative 4x4 systems, more than 70 safety features, and a host of new technology features.”
Jeep 4x4 capability
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4x4 systems for best-in-class 4x4 capability in
all weather conditions. The Jeep Cherokee is the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced
energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed, improving fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches
between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver.
The Jeep Cherokee offers best-in-class V6 towing capability of 2,041 kg.
Jeep Active Drive I
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Longitude 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. The
system does not require any driver intervention or feedback, delivers yaw correction during dynamic events and improves
both understeer and oversteer conditions.
Jeep Active Drive II
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Longitude 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. Low
range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well outstanding crawl
ratios for severe off-road conditions. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee with Jeep Active Drive II gives the off-road adventurer a
ride height that is increased by an inch, a crawl ratio of 56:1 when powered by the 2.4-litre MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4
engine, and 47.8:1 when powered by the new 3.2-litre Pentastar V-6 engine – up to a 90-per cent improvement versus the
Jeep Active Drive Lock
Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for
superior low-speed power for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.
All 4x4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to
choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Five customised settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport,
Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain
electronically coordinates and optimises up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including:
drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller,
powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Trail Rated
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4x4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look,
backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and the most capable mid-size SUV in
the segment. The Trailhawk includes as standard equipment aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the
unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid
plates and signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode, but will
lock automatically when in certain modes, such as “Rock,” to maximise tractive effort at the tyre patch that can support
The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees and breakover
angle of 23.3 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated”
badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging
off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance,
manoeuvrability, articulation and water fording.
FIAT Group architecture is the basis for the underpinnings of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The Compact U.S. Wide
(CUS-wide) platform’s proven modular architecture means many models can be built using the same basic underpinnings. The
result is lower unit costs, less development time and tooling. The architecture Cherokee is built on is comprised of
common, modular and interchangeable components and allows for modularity of the wheelbase, front track, rear track, front
overhang, length and width across vehicle lines.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s body structure has a high-strength steel content of roughly 65 per cent. Hot stamped-,
high-strength- and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight, solid vehicle architecture.
Superior on-road performance and fuel efficiency
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee on-road manners and fuel efficiency are a result of a number of efforts by Jeep engineers.
Powered by the choice of two new engines matched to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, the all-new
Cherokee delivers the power drivers appreciate on the road with fuel economy improvements of more than 45 per cent
compared with the outgoing model. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee delivers drivers a no-compromise ownership experience.
The all-new 2014 Jeep 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 nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive
launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic
Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of Chrysler Group’s 16-valve, 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir 2 I-4 engine,
which comes standard in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
The 2.4-litre Tigershark engine offers up to a 45-per cent improvement versus the outgoing model. The 2.4-litre
MultiAir 2 Tigershark I-4 engine produces 137 kW @ 6,250 rpm and 232 Nm @ 4,800 rpm.
The acclaimed electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system uses a column of oil in place of the traditional
mechanical link between the camshaft and intake valves. As a result, it delivers precise control of the intake-valve
events – beginning and end – delivering reductions in engine-pumping losses and increases in volumetric efficiency.
In addition to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, MultiAir accounts for a fuel-economy boost of up to 7.5 per cent,
compared with engines with conventional valve trains.
The 2.4-litre is the third engine to feature MultiAir technology from Chrysler Group and features the second
generation “MultiAir 2” system that further enhances combustion control, improves fuel efficiency and reduces exhaust
Performance ratings for the 2.4-litre engine are 137 kW and 232 Nm of torque.
The available new 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine is the first derivative of the celebrated 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6. The
optionally available 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine benefits from the same innovations that earned its larger displacement
predecessor industry–wide acclaim for efficiency, power and refinement. For the driver, that means a refined driving
experience with reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and an exceptional balance of higher specific power output
(62.2 kW per litre) while delivering fuel economy improvements of 30 per cent versus the outgoing V6 engine. The
3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine produces 199 kW @ 6,500 rpm, 316 Nm @ 4,400 rpm and delivers best-in-class V6 towing
capability of 2,041 kg.
The all new Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV sports a new front independent suspension with MacPherson struts and a new 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.
The isolated rear cradle, aluminium front cross-member and superior torsional rigidity all contribute to the quieter,
smoother ride and superior handling characteristics drivers will experience in the Cherokee.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with an electronic power steering system (EPS) that improves fuel efficiency and
contributes to the Jeep Cherokee’s nimbleness with a turn circle radius of approximately 11.5 metres in 4x2 models,
approximately 11.6 metres in 4x4 models. With EPS all of the power assist is provided via an electric motor system rather
than a traditional hydraulic system. Because the system is fully electronic, the driver experiences optimal steering
effort at all vehicle speeds, and there is less noise and better fuel efficiency since there is no parasitic loss from a
power steering pump.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV debuts a new exterior designed for the future with a global appeal. Jeep designers
were inspired to provide a vehicle that moves Jeep into the next era with a shape that is efficient without losing Jeep
'DNA' and design heritage. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a vehicle that not only looks efficient and capable, but is
efficient and capable - in all on-road, trail and weather conditions.
Fluid, sleek exterior lines highlight the efficient, wind-splitting upper body of the all-new Cherokee. The rugged,
protective lower body conveys the legendary capability that is characteristic of every Jeep.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a powerful stance, an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and a commanding road presence.
The aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to the best-in-class capability. The first key feature in the
front of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the 'waterfall' bonnet with the iconic peaked, seven-slotted grille which
includes a crisp, horizontal snap – a feature in many classic Jeep vehicles. The bonnet is clearly defined and separated
from the front mudguards in a modern twist of Jeep heritage. The one-piece bonnet and grille assembly ensures a precise
Advanced LED lighting technology is used throughout the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting features a unique
daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that plays a dominant role in the fresh front-end proportion, giving the impression of a
slim headlamp. Contemporary full LED tail lamps are an integral part of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle
look stronger yet harmonious. This graphic is the connection between the upper and lower rear and brings a unique
presence specific to this all-new Cherokee.
The Trail Rated 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model takes rugged design and capability to a whole new level. With
exclusive exterior and interior colours, functional differences such as Jeep signature red front tow hooks, skid plates
underneath and aggressive front and rear fascias add to the rugged exterior appearance and deliver exemplary approach and
departure angles for class-leading 4x4 capability, resulting in the most capable mid-size SUV in the market.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers customers two industry-exclusive open-air options – the new CommandView panoramic
sunroof or the Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.
The interior of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee 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 in the mid-size SUV segment. A driver-oriented cockpit loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology, clever,
thoughtful storage features and more than 70 available safety and security features including 10 standard air bags give
the driver and passengers everything they want for any adventure they undertake.
Inspiration for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV interior included countries and terrain around the world
that brought beautiful imagery to mind. The Cherokee interior is a blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, quality
materials, innovative colour and material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and features that
drivers and passengers appreciate.
Quality materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle – the door uppers and armrests, the centre armrest,
the upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the
Seats in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, are trimmed
with cloth or quality Nappa leather and available as power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. Cloth
fabrics include a unique interlocking graphic. The 60/40 split second-row seats adjust fore and aft for increased
passenger comfort and cargo flexibility.
Unique features such as the available heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, an
available wireless charging pad and many more will delight both drivers and passengers alike.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that
are intuitive, easy-to-use.
The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 3.5-inch grayscale or 7-inch full-colour reconfigurable instrument
cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customised user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the
format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
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 driver can select from a multitude of information that can be displayed in the centre of the gauge cluster
including turn-by-turn navigation, speed, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, available Adaptive Cruise
Control-Plus, audio information and Jeep-specific features including Selec-Terrain.
The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (first Chrysler Group availability) is displayed in
the centre of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The graphic walks the
driver through the steps necessary to utilise the park assist system. Jeep designer’s passion for the brand shines
through in the park assist screen, which features a 1941 Jeep Willys graphic on each side of the open parking space.
An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command centre – the largest in the segment – or the
standard 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command centre are attractive, intuitive and easy-to-use, and located in the
The 2014 Cherokee equipped with the Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate,
heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, redundant controls located on the centre stack below the
touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch colour
touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, navigation, music,
apps, voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability.
The class-exclusive Jeep Cargo Management System makes the most of the cargo space in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
A universal module rack is mounted on the side in the rear cargo area and provides for hooks and a removable grocery bag.
Other optional accessories compatible with the system are available through Mopar and include an off-road accessory kit
for Trailhawk models that features a tow rope, gloves and more; cargo bin, cargo mat, foldable cooler and first
aid/emergency kit are just some of the accessories available that mount securely to the rack for secure storage
solutions the adventurous customer desires.
Safety and Security
The new Cherokee was engineered with more than 70 available safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee starts
with a strong foundation constructed with 65 per cent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive
safety and security features, including: Chrysler Group vehicle firsts ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist,
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and Lane Departure Warning-Plus; 9-1-1 assist call; ESC;
Electronic Roll Mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear back-up camera with dynamic
grid lines and 10 standard air bags.
The ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist feature in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a first in a Chrysler
Group vehicle. Using ultrasonic parking sensors on the bumper the system will find and guide customer into an available
parking space when the driver initiates a parking manoeuvre.
The parking guidance system controls the steering angle automatically, the driver controls the gear position, brake,
and accelerator. Parallel parking is possible on either side of the car; during perpendicular parking, the vehicle is
backed into the space.
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, a first for a Chrysler Group vehicle, is significant for its capacity to bring the
vehicle to a complete stop without driver intervention in certain conditions. Radar and video sensors identify the
locations of vehicles traveling ahead of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The sensors also help ensure the vehicles are separated
by a gap determined by the driver. If the gap is dramatically breached, the ESC system can aggressively deploy the
vehicle’s brakes to affect a full stop, even if the driver never touches the brake pedal. To resume travel, the driver
need only press a button on the steering wheel or tap the accelerator pedal.
Forward Collision Warning-Plus, another Chrysler Group first, addresses traffic-gap changes when Adaptive Cruise
Control-Plus is inactive. When radar and video sensors detect a fast-closing obstacle ahead, the system pre-fills the
brakes to prepare for emergency driver intervention. If collision risk remains, Forward Collision Warning-Plus
correspondingly ratchets up the response with:
- audible and visual warnings
- a brief brake deployment to alert the driver
- a 1.5-second brake deployment to quicken the driver’s reaction time
- deployment of Advanced Brake Assist (ABA) if the driver is not braking aggressively enough
Lane Departure Warning-Plus, which is offered for the first time in a Chrysler Group vehicle, uses a camera-based
vision sensor to establish the Jeep Cherokee’s position on the road. If there occurs an unintentional lane drift,
determined by trajectory change and the absence of turn-signal activation, the system will deliver a visual warning and a
haptic warning – the subtle introduction of torque from the electric power steering (EPS) system. If the driver
unintentionally drifts too far, the system provides a secondary visual warning.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts numbers that make the difference for the SUV customer that cares about fuel economy and
capability in all weather conditions — fuel economy improvements of more than 45 per cent, more than 70 safety and
security features, numerous industry and segment “firsts,” a nine-speed automatic transmission, a 3.2-litre Pentastar V6
engine with 199 kW and 316 Nm of torque, a 2.4-litre MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 137 kW and 232 Nm of torque,
nearly 800 km of driving range on a tank of petrol and three new, innovative 4x4 systems that deliver legendary Jeep
capability including crawl ratios of 56:1 with the 2.4-litre engine and 47.8:1 with the 3.2-litre engine, an improvement
of up to 90 per cent versus the outgoing model.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV segment, the largest SUV segment in North America, with roughly 2
million sales in 2012.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in
dealer showrooms in the third quarter 2013. Customers can choose from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Longitude,
Cherokee Limited and the rugged, Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
The Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will offer consumers 11 different exterior colours from which to choose: Bright White
Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl
Coat, Eco Green Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Auburn Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic
Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Anvil Clear Coat.
The Cherokee is built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant.
An Australian release will occur during the final quarter 2013.
Stay tuned to Next Car for detsils of Australian model specifications and prices, in due course.