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2015 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk Named ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ by Four Wheeler Magazine

The most capable mid-size SUV – the 2015 Jeep® Cherokee – recognized with esteemed award from leading off-road enthusiast magazine

All V-6-powered Jeep Cherokee models feature Engine Stop-start (ESS) technology, an emission-lowering and fuel-saving feature new for 2015

Jeep Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, fuel economy ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon, more than 70 advanced safety and security features and best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds

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The 2015 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk – the most capable mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) – has been named “Four Wheeler of the Year” by Four Wheeler magazine. The award is given annually by the editors of the opinion-leading off-road enthusiast magazine.

"The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk marks the 13th time a Jeep vehicle has earned the prestigious title, Four Wheeler of the Year,” said Four Wheeler Editor Christian Hazel. “From our first competition won by the 1974 Jeep Cherokee to the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk joins the ranks of other off-road-capable Jeep vehicles earning the Four Wheeler of the Year award. The team of seasoned judges appreciated Cherokee Trailhawk's cutting-edge technology, fresh styling, and luxurious interior amenities packed in a vehicle designed for the 21st century that still maintains true off-road capability."

Four Wheeler’s jurors conduct a variety of tests over more than 1,000 miles on a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow at elevations ranging from sea level to more than 9,000 feet.

“Winning the prestigious ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ award reinforces the fact that the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is unquestionably the most capable mid-size SUV on the planet,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand. “We are thrilled the influential editors of Four Wheeler magazine recognized Cherokee’s benchmark off-road capability, as well as its combination of new engine stop-start technology, exterior styling and interior amenities.”

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, superior on-road ride and handling, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features.

Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States: Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the award-winning Cherokee Trailhawk.

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Trail Rated
The 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk exemplifies Jeep 4x4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look, backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, resulting in the most capable mid-size SUV in the segment. The Trailhawk includes aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid plates and signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode, but will lock automatically when in certain modes, such as “Rock,” to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees and breakover angle of 23.3 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Engine Stop-start technology
The 2015 Jeep® Cherokee debuts engine stop-start (ESS) technology, an emission-lowering and fuel-saving feature on 2015 Jeep Cherokee models powered by the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

ESS technology increases fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Amenities (radio, gauges, heating or air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate, making the operation transparent to the driver. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration.

Starter and battery systems have been upgraded to complement the ESS technology for heavy-duty operation on models equipped with the feature. This includes a high-durability starter housed in a stronger case, heavy-duty flywheel teeth and a more robust starter solenoid. During testing, the new starter was subjected to durability testing cycles more than 2.5 times that of a non-stop-start equipped unit – more than 300,000 on/off cycles. The new battery features 700 amps with absorbed glass mat (AGM) technology.

System voltage is continually monitored through a battery sensor. If the battery’s charge is reduced, the vehicle will discontinue stop-start until the battery is recharged to an acceptable level.

Stop-start is activated automatically and requires no input from the driver. A system disable switch is located on the dash if the operator wishes to suspend the feature.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 engine is now a Partial Zero Emission Engine (PZEV) in the 14 states that have adopted California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations. This entails a revised fuel tank, new fuel filler neck, new air cleaner, new engine downpipe, modified vapor purge canister and new fuel cap.

About Four Wheeler
Whether you're looking for the scoop on the latest off-road-capable vehicles straight from the factory floor, want to see what others have done to their rides, read up on the latest tech, or keep up with emerging trends from across the off-road world, Four Wheeler will bring it to you. Four Wheeler gives out two annual awards – Four Wheeler of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year, and hosts a signature event, the annual Top Truck Challenge. The Four Wheeler Network features off road and 4x4 content from Jp, 4Wheel & Off-Road, Dirt Sports: Off-Road, Peterson's 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, Mud Life, and Four Wheeler.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
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2015 Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet 200

2015 Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet 200 4WD Auto Limited Review (UK)

10 August 2015

What is it?:

When the fifth generation (KL) of the Jeep Cherokee was launched last year, it was powered by a humdrum 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine that was all too gruff and struggled to propel the car's 1878kg mass with any reasonable level of performance.

The American car firm recognised this inherent flaw and, as a result, has dropped that oil-burner from the line-up in favour of a gutsier 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel powertrain.

It has 25% more torque than the previous engine, at 324lb ft. Jeep also claims this car accelerates almost two seconds quicker to 62mph, at 8.5sec, and has an extra 10mph added to its top speed - now 127mph.

Combined fuel economy is claimed to be improved, too, from 48.7mpg to 49.6mpg, while CO2 output has dropped from 154g/km to 150g/km.

The new, fifth-generation Cherokee finds itself in a highly talented class, with strong performers such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Volvo's XC60. And it's clear that Jeep aims to offer a similar premium feel with its mid-size SUV, but for a lower price.

Two trim levels are available on the Cherokee with this engine - Longitude and Limited - and here we're testing the range-topping Limited 4WD model, paired with the nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

What's it like?:

Gutsier, for starters. Credit where it's due: this new 2.2-litre Multijet engine has addressed the shortage of oomph suffered by the 168bhp version.

Plant your right foot and there is some initial lag, but the engine soon gets its act together once the revs get closer to its 2500rpm peak torque sweet spot. From this point upwards, you'll seldom be wanting for more grunt in real-world driving.

There's enough power on offer to make light work of overtaking in the countryside, and when the time comes to ease off the throttle, the Cherokee settles down to an acceptable cruise.

It's quite a refined powertrain, too. Only the slightest hint of vibration gets filtered through to the cabin, and you have to rev the engine hard beyond 3500rpm before it emits any sort of gruffness.

When we last tested a fifth-generation Cherokee on UK roads, it was a right-hand-drive model that left the brake servo on the opposite side of the car and resulted in our tester noticing considerable thudding every time the brake pedal was released. The model tested here was a left-hooker, so we'll reserve final judgement on refinement until we bag ourselves one with the steering wheel on the correct side.

The first thing you notice about the nine-speed automatic transmission is how smooth gearchanges are when left to its own devices - to the point where you aren't aware of them taking place at all, such is the seamlessness. However, take matters into your own hands by flicking the gear selector over to manual mode and it soon becomes apparent it's a Jekyll and Hyde gearbox.

Swapping cogs manually is greeted with disdain, as the 'box reacts far too slowly and then delivers hurried gearchanges with all the delicacy of a heavy-handed nightclub bouncer. Best to leave it in auto mode, then.

For a mid-size SUV with a modicum of off-road capability, the Cherokee handles competently enough. The ride is composed for the most part, except for some choppiness over ripples, but tip the Cherokee into a corner and there is noticeable body movement, especially on undulating roads, where it takes a moment to settle.

The electrically assisted power steering is accurate and you can place the car exactly where you want, but there's a hefty weight to it that feels inert and doesn't improve the connection between your palms and the front wheels in any way.

Inside, you sit in a commanding driving position with a steering wheel that has a natural tilt closer to horizontal than vertical. The seats themselves are comfortable but offer little lateral support.

Cabin ambience has been lifted compared with previous Cherokees, with the exception of the fake wood trim on the inside of the doors. The soft-touch plastics and centre console are decent enough to touch, but certainly not special enough to trouble the Jeep's German rivals.

Standard kit is generous, with this Limited model getting an 8.4in touchscreen multimedia system, Bluetooth, sat-nav, reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
Should I buy one?:

There's no doubt that this new 2.2-litre Multijet engine has improved the Cherokee's driveability and, as a result, it's a more rounded package than before. The fact that it's a genuine 4x4 and that it comes with generous standard kit will appeal to some buyers, too.

However, in this price bracket you simply can't overlook the Land Rover Discovery Sport, in 2.2 SD4 SE Tech guise - which costs the broadly the same, is dynamically superior and is in a different league when it comes to perceived quality.

Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet 200 4WD Auto Limited

Location Newington; On sale Now; Price £36,795; Engine 4 cyls, 2184cc, diesel; Power 197bhp at 3500rpm; Torque 324lb ft at 1750-2750rpm; Gearbox 9-spd automatic; 0-62mph 8.5sec; Top speed 127mph; Kerb weight 1878kg; Economy 49.6mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 150g/km, 28%
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