NEW FOR 2016:
– UConnect 8.4 display audio system receives Siri Eyes Free, new Drag and Drop menu, and Do-Not Disturb mode.
– Revised instrument cluster, steering column, and front seats.
– New colours: Rhino Red, Light Brownstone.
For model year 2016, Jeep has given the Cherokee a slight update with a revised version of its UConnect 8.4 inch display audio system. Siri Eyes Free voice control for iPhone is now offered, as is a Do-Not Disturb mode designed to reduce distracted driving. Also new is a Drag and Drop menu, which offers users the ability to add commonly used functions to the main display screen menu.
Jeep has also given the instrument cluster a slight makeover, while a revised steering column and front seats aim to improve driver comfort on what is already one of the most accommodating and comfortable interiors in the segment.
All Cherokees come powered by a 2.4-litre TigerShark four-cylinder engine that develops 184 hp and 171 lb-ft. This can be optioned to a 3.2-litre version of the popular Pentastar V6 which develops 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque, and comes with an engine idle-stop system. All models come with a ZF-designed nine-speed automatic – a first for the segment.
While the Cherokee can be had with front-wheel drive, three different four-wheel drive configurations are available. Jeep Active Drive I is a basic automatic system available on Sport, North, and Limited. Jeep Active Drive II adds torque management functionality and a low-range mode, and is available on North and Limited trims. In addition to its additional ground clearance, the off-road Trailhawk model also gets Jeep Active Drive Lock, which adds a locking rear differential. On four-cylinder Trailhawk models, Jeep leverages the first gear to create 56:1 crawl ratio. The V6 with greater torque output has its first gear set to 47.8:1.
The Sport is equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, black plastic mirror covers and door handles, LED tail lights, LED daytime running lights, cloth seats, 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display, 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with dual USB ports, SD and auxiliary jack, rear-seat arm rest, Bluetooth, power windows with driver’s side one-touch down, 60/40 split folding rear seat with fore/aft adjustment, illuminated cup holders, cruise control, tilt steering column, air conditioning, exterior temperature, compass, electronic park brake, and keyless entry.
4X4 models add Selec-Terrain with auto, snow, sport, and sand/mud settings, and a compact spare tire.
North adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, passenger in-seat storage, fold-flat front passenger seat, power windows with one-touch for front and rear windows, climate control, ambient interior lighting, satellite radio, automatic headlights, fog lights, body-colour exterior mirrors and door handles, chrome headlight bezels, chrome side trim and roof rails, 115-volt power outlet, deep tint glass.
Trailhawk adds unique 17-inch alloy wheels, full-size spare tire, Active Drive Lock 4WD system with locking rear differential, hill descent control, cloth and leather-upholstered seats, reverse camera, off-road suspension, skid plates, leather and premium cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display accent colour grille, roof rails, mirrors and badges, red tow hooks (two front, one rear), cargo net.
Limited adds 18-inch wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support, leather upholstery, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, remote start, proximity key with push-button start, alarm, garage door opener, automatic headlights, wiper de-icer, cargo compartment cover.
Key options include 3.2-litre V6 engine, dual pane or Skyslider sunroof, navigation, ventilated seats, wireless charging pad, single-disc CD player, premium nine-speaker sound system, trailer tow package, radar cruise control, park assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and radar cruise control.