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Cherokee Diesel unveiled

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Cherokee diesel will be unveiled on March 4, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show. Long anticipated, the “export only” SUV will carry a 2.0 liter Fiat MultiJet diesel engine with the nine-speed automatic transmission.  The diesel will, as usual, be sold in 140 and 170 horsepower variants, both rated at 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). The 140 horsepower version will be coupled to a six-speed manual; both, however, will have a stop/start system that shuts the engine off during temporary stops and seamlessly restarts it with a touch of the accelerator.

The European line-up also includes the 3.2-liter V-6 Pentastar gasoline engine paired to the new nine-speed automatic transmission, producing 272 horsepower and 315 Nm of torque (232 lb-ft). In Russia and the Middle East, there will also be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

Like the American version there are three all-wheel-drive systems, starting with an automatic, single power transfer unit (PTU) and moving up to Active Drive Lock (gasoline engines only) which includes a locking rear differential.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee earned the prestigious Euro NCAP five-star rating last year with an overall score of 83%, gaining the “best in class” in the Small Off-road 4X4 category for the year 2013. The new Cherokee will be introduced in all European Jeep dealerships during the second quarter of 2014, in Longitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim.

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