2019 JEEP CHERO­KEE OVER­LAND: RE­FINED and good off-road

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V6’s 239 hp. Trans­mis­sions of choice is a nine­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The Chero­kee range starts with the Sport model at $27,245, the North $28,495, Al­ti­tude $29,390, adds big­ger wheel, ex­te­rior ac­cent LED lights, and a big­ger touch screen. The up­per range Lim­ited at $30,995 adds Ucon­nect mul­ti­me­dia cen­ter with 8.4 inch touch­screen, power lift­gate, Nappa faced leather seats, and 18-inch pol­ished wheels. The Trail­hawk $32,995 adds the FCA 3.2l Pen­tas­tar VVT V6 with en­gine stop start tech­nol­ogy, Jeep Ac­tive Drive Lock. Selec-ter­rain trac­tion man­age­ment with rock mode. The High Al­ti­tude model at $34,985 adds gran­ite crys­tal ex­te­rior 19 inch gran­ite crys­tal alu­minum wheels and an Alpine premium sound sys­tem. It doesn’t end there. The Trail­hawk Elite $35,990 adds heated and ven­ti­lated Nappa faced front seats, re­mote start sys­tem, and 8-way power driv­ers and pas­sen­gers seat with 4-way lum­ber Safety-wise, the 2019 Chero­kee of­fers a host of must have fea­tures, in­clud­ing: eight stan­dard airbags. Ac­tive lane keep as­sist and au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing. Adap­tive cruise con­trol, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, roll mit­i­ga­tion, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross-traf­fic alert, and a rear-view cam­era. We tested the high-end Over­land ver­sion which came in prob­a­bly the best shade of paint I have seen in a while, -a sub­tle Olive green pearl that looked so classy. The swanky Over­land builds on the top lux­ury ori­en­tated Lim­ited Model, and adds: 19 inch pol­ished wheels, Hands free tail­gate, Ucon­nect 4c Nav­i­ga­tion with 8.4 Touch­screen, with Sir­ius XM Guardian, and Sir­ius XM Traf­fic.

The in­te­rior is very com­fort­able, with the top-level Over­land trim. The in­te­rior fea­tured rich tan trimmed leather with Over­land logo’s that make you feel much pam­pered. Cargo ca­pac­ity is rated at 781 litres, 1,634 litres with the rear seat folded. One the road, the Jeep drives very well with a smooth ride and de­cent ac­cel­er­a­tion. The Jeep of­fers a rather firm ride and is fairly ag­ile, the nine-speed trans­mis­sion is im­proved and of­fers bet­ter tran­si­tion be­tween gears now. For an off-road test, we took the Jeep Com­pass to a com­bi­na­tion of ter­rain, namely some semirough trails, and coun­try roads. And I have to say we were hugely im­pressed. The 2019 Chero­kee Jeep Ac­tive Drive I, hands-off four-wheeldrive sys­tem switches be­tween two- and four-wheel drive while of­fer­ing Selec-ter­rain mode choices with Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/ Mud and Rock set­tings. Fuel econ­omy for the Chero­kee is around the 11.2/8.0L/100km (city/ hwy) mark. To sum up, the Jeep Chero­kee of­fers great value if you opt for the base model start­ing at $27,245 with a de­cent enough range of equip­ment. With a plethora of mod­els, the up­per range Over­land is a good choice if you want more lux­ury and con­ve­niences. The new re­fined look out­side and the im­proved premium ma­te­ri­als in­side, along with a host of other im­prove­ments make the 2019 Jeep Chero­kee a top com­peti­tor in the mid-size util­ity mar­ket. Highly rec­om­mended 2019 Jeep Chero­kee pried from: $27,245. Jeep Chero­kee Over­land as tested: priced from: $40,645. Plus, Des­ti­na­tion ($1,895) and other fees not in­cluded. www.jeep.ca

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