First Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee | The Chronicle Herald

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The Jeep Cherokee much invented the mid-size SUV when it was introduced in 1984. By the it went out of production in 2001, tastes had shifted and the Ford Honda CR-V, Toyota Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevy and others now count for 16 per cent of the Canadian market.

Jeep wants a bigger of that pie. It is bringing the highly-respected Cherokee name, it on an entirely new vehicle aimed at the 95 per of the segment who have not to this considered a Jeep.

While it a nameplate widely respected in the world, and in some derivations has off-road capabilities, the 2014 Cherokee is a different vehicle, one more in tune with the and consumer interests.

The new Cherokee is in a platform originally developed by owner, Fiat, for Alfa It was stretched and widened for another nameplate resurrected from the the Dodge Dart. This and light platform is the core of the Jeep Cherokee.

The skin has a of traditional Jeep styling including trapezoidal wheel and a seven-slot ‘waterfall’ grill.

The right-angles are gone and those slots flow up unto the and are flanked by …-like LED daytime lights. The actual headlights are down.

The laid-back grill, is certainly the most controversial of the new Cherokee comes as much the wind tunnel and safety as it does from the designer led by Robb Burns.

Aerodynamics play a major in fuel economy and wind A square upright grill is not amenable to meeting pedestrian regulations

The wheelbase of the new Cherokee is a whisker of the Liberty, but the newcomer is lower and wider. It also a great deal more room, especially in the rear which has more legroom big brother Grand Cherokee.

The is where the new Jeep pulls away from the Liberty. well laid out, and it is more Grand Cherokee Compass or Patriot. There are tolerances and soft touch and visible stitching throughout.

It has a duo of gauges bracketing either a touchscreen with another screen atop the prominent stack, measuring 13 or 17 cm, depending on and options selected. The seats are for most sizes and those in the row slide fore/aft through a 15-cm range. They fold flat, as does the of the front passenger seat, a flat floor from to tailgate for those occasional items.

There are storage provisions including beneath that passenger seat and atop the The cargo area does not as large as the competition from and Honda on hand here for purposes, but the Cherokee has a spacious and provision for items away prying eyes beneath the floor.

The 2014 Cherokee in Sport ($23,495), North Trailhawk ($30,695) and Limited trim levels.

The standard across the line is the 2.4-litre engine introduced on the Dodge coupled to the industry’s first automatic transmission. No manual is

All except the Trailhawk can be had with or four-wheel-drive a $2,200 option. A new 3.2-litre version of the award-winning V6 is available on all but the base model. are three new 4 x 4 systems, all with (more on this in a moment).

Drive I: a single speed that changes seamlessly FWD to 4X4 according to available traction, temperature, yaw and throttle application

Active Drive II: adds a transfer case. Low range the front and rear driveshafts. It includes a neutral setting for towing and boasts a crawl that is 90 pr cent better was available with the Liberty.

these systems disengage the at both the front and rear when in FWD mode to maximize economy.

The third system, Drive Lock, is simply in its ability to get power to the wheels have grip.

It includes a rear differential and adds a mode to the Select-Terrain system. It includes Selec-Speed Control, a cruise control for serious situations.

You can set the speed ranging 1.6 mph to 5.5 mph! I crawled through and over boulders and powder-like up and down steep hills touching the throttle or brake

On the other trim levels the system has auto, snow, and sand-mud settings. The Trailhawk sits 2.5 cm further above the and has unique front and rear to allow much better and departures angles.

It also comes with plates, the Active Drive system and a pair of big bright-red tow protruding through the front The 2014 Cherokee has been and priced to attract attention and consumers, who bother to check out vehicles, to a Jeep store.

The front-wheel-drive model comes the ZF nine-speed automatic, air conditioning, infotainment system with touch screen, 10 air bags, windows, locks and mirrors, control and remote keyless with panic alarm.

The system is a $2,200 option on all In either FWD or 4×4 guise the is hundreds to thousands of dollars expensive than the competition. It is a so you expect and get off-road capabilities equipped with one of the 4X4 systems.

was not expected was the smooth and quiet performance.

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The Alfa Romeo show when you dive a turn with verve and the power steering and nice fat wheel combine to provide and linear response.

The Active-Drive systems contributed to this type of enjoyment, power to the rear wheels as

The four-cylinder engine offers power and performance but the sweet is the six. Both get by on up to 40 per cent regular gas than the Liberty.

The coming of the Cherokee may not only hard-core enthusiasts, it should a while new breed of customers.

It can on all fronts with any if the myriad of SUVs on the market and teach all lessons off-road.

2014 Cherokee, five-passenger, four-door SUV

$23,495 base – Limited 4X4

Engines: 2.4-litre four-cylinder, 184 horsepower/171 lb.ft. of 3.2-litre DOHC V6, 271 horsepower, 239 of torque

Transmission: 9-speed FWD or 4WD

Fuel economy (Transport litres/100-km city/highway): 9.6/6.4 FWD 11.1/7.7 V6 4X4

Length: 4,623 mm

1,860 mm

Wheelbase: 2,870 mm

1,705-1,864 kg

Competition: Chevrolet Ford Escape, Honda Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorrento, RAV4.

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