Jeep has announced a new, more powerful diesel engine for the Cherokee SUV range. The 2.2-litre unit replaces the older 170hp 2.0-litre and offers more power while also using less fuel. In addition, more equipment is now standard across the range.
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The new turbodiesel will be available with either 185 or 200hp and offers improved fuel economy and performance. Both get a nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard – helping the car accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds and on to 126mph. Equipped with stop/start, it returns a fairly impressive 49.5 mpg and emits 150g/km of CO2.
With 325lb ft of torque, the 2.2-litre Cherokee makes an ideal towing car, enhanced by a standard four-wheel-drive system. The 185hp version comes in Longitude and Longitude+ trims while the 200hp comes only in top-spec Limited trim with a low-range mode to improve off-road and towing performance.
New standard equipment
Jeep has increased the kit levels across the Cherokee range, not just for this top-spec engine. Models now get an electric bootlid, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, electrically adjustable seats and an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror.
Safety conscious drivers can select the Technology Group pack on the top-spec Limited model. It includes lane departure warning, auto-dipping headlights, front collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
The Cherokee 2.2-litre diesel costs from £30,845 for the 185hp version in Longitude trim up to £37,995 for the 200hp Limited – around £3,000 more than the previous top-spec Trailhawk edition. The Cherokee 2.2 is now available for order.
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