NEW CAR ROAD TEST: JEEP CHERO­KEE

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - YOUR CAR -

Jeep’s fifth-gen­er­a­tion Chero­kee has been hauled right up to date, with the range now mainly based around an ef­fi­cient 2.2-litre Mul­tiJet diesel engine. Jeep of­fers two Fiat-de­rived diesel engine choices, plus a rare 3.2-litre petrol V6 for top Trail­hawk vari­ants.

We’ll con­cen­trate on the diesel range here, where en­try-level buy­ers get a 140bhp 2.0-litre Mul­tiJet unit with a six-speed man­ual box and a choice of ei­ther 2WD or 4WD set-ups. Of­fered only with 4WD is the prefer­able and more mod­ern 2.2-litre Mul­tiJet engine, avail­able only with a nine-speed auto gear­box.

What makes this car a lit­tle more ef­fec­tive in the slush than the un­re­mark­able class norm is the way this set-up com­bines with Jeep’s clever Selec-Ter­rain sys­tem – de­signed to be like hav­ing an off-road ex­pert sit­ting next to you as you drive. Prices start at just over £26,000 for the 2.0-litre Lon­gi­tude 140 six-speed vari­ant, ris­ing to around £38,000 for the top 2.2-litre 200bhp Lim­ited au­to­matic 4WD model. Progress. It isn’t al­ways wel­come but some­times it’s nec­es­sary. It’s what’s cre­ated this fifth-gen­er­a­tion Jeep Chero­kee, a car that’s sim­ply had to evolve un­der the twin pres­sures of very dif­fer­ent brand own­er­ship and mar­ket de­mand.

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