Jeep Cherokee To Conquer Europe With 9-Speed And Diesel Power

The Jeep Cherokee will go after the European market with the help of a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine and a nine-speed transmission.

Launched in the United States in 2013, the Cherokee will make its European debut at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show on March 4, 2014. Also making its debut in the Cherokee, is a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, combined with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep said the all-new Cherokee delivers a fresh interpretation of the “Go anywhere, do anything” attitude of the legendary Jeep brand, while providing the advanced technology and fuel efficiency that European customers demand.

Jeep added the new turbo diesel is available in two versions: 170 or 140 horsepower, both generating 258.16 pound-feet of torque. The 170 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter engine is coupled with the nine-speed automatic gearbox, while the 140 horsepower version of this engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Per Jeep, both versions of the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine incorporate ‘Stop/Start’ technology that improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions.

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 232.34 pound-feet of torque. In Russia and the Middle East, Jeep added the new Cherokee will also be offered with the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 4-cylinder inline gasoline engine.

As in the U.S., standard safety features on the European Jeep Cherokee include seven airbags (front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags, driver side knee air bag), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with ERM (rollover mitigation) and ABS (anti-lock brake system) with both on-road and off-road calibration.

Jeep explained additional safety feature options for the Jeep Cherokee include new systems  such as the Forward Collision Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection.

According to sales numbers revealed by Jeep, in the U.S., the all-new Jeep Cherokee sold more than 29,000 units within the first two months.

In Europe, the new Cherokee will be introduced in all Jeep dealerships during the second quarter of 2014 and will be available in three trim levels: Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk.