New range-topping diesel Cherokee SUV improves torque, efficiency and packs dual-range 4WD.
Jeep has announced pricing and details of the new Cherokee Limited Diesel, which joins the petrol four cylinder and V6 KL Cherokee SUV models nearly three months after their local debut.
The new diesel option is available in the upper-spec Limited trim only, with the same nine-speed automatic and four-wheel drive as all existing V6 models, with a $49,000 list price to position it $1500 above the exiting Cherokee Trailhawk flagship.
The Cherokee Limited Diesel also sits $5000 above the existing petrol Limited, but combines the torquier and more efficient diesel engine with the more off-road ready Active Drive II 4WD system with low range from the Trailhawk.
The new VM Motori-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel produces 125kW/350Nm, some 75kW less than the 3.2-litre V6, but with an extra 34Nm to help extend the V6’s max tow rating by 379kg to 2393kg braked.
The diesel’s official fuel consumption is also a Cherokee-best 5.8L/100km combined, with a stop/start system to help it undercut the 10.0L/100km AWD V6s and 8.3L/100km for the front-drive 2.4-litre Cherokee Sport.
Standard features for the Limited grade include leather trim with front seat heaters, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the Uconnect multimedia system and satnav and a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, nine speaker Alpine audio, xenon headlights and 18-inch alloys.
The Cherokee Limited Diesel carries a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, with front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, stability control, and ABS with both on and off-road calibration.
Further safety options include forward collision alert, park-assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.