Jeep has released a new engine for its popular Cherokee model range.

A MultiJet 2.2 litre diesel engine joins the pre-existing two-litre diesel 140hp manual units. The latest engine is available with outputs of 185hp or 200hp and will offer a wider spread of torque from low rpm, greater power, improved performance and better fuel economy than the outgoing 2.0-litre 168bhp.

The 2.2 MultiJet II engine can now be ordered in the UK with Jeep’s segment-first nine-speed automatic gearbox exclusively, and matched to the Active-Drive four-wheel-drive systems.

Made in the Pratola Serra plant in Italy, the new 200hp engine boasts impressive specs. A top speed of 127mph is achievable, whilst acceleration from 0 – 62 takes 8.7 seconds.

The Euro6 compliant engine has a combined fuel consumption of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 160g/km.

The whole of the Cherokee range has received updates, including electric tailgate, windscreen wipers with rain sensor, dusk sensor, eight-position electrically adjustable seat, four-position lumbar adjustment and automatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror with built-in microphone.

The Cherokee has a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating and buyers of the 200hp version of the latest engine will also have the option of the extra Technology group pack. This includes advanced Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control and a rear parallel parking assist system, amongst others.

On the road prices for the Jeep Cherokee range start at £26,095 OTR for the 2.0 MultiJet II 140hp manual, with the 2.2 MultiJet II 200 hp Limited 4WD automatic retailing at £37,995.

Chris Lloyd


August 13, 2015