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Jeep irons out the old Cherokee's rough edges but loses none of its off-road ability

29 Feb 2008

JEEP’S mainstay Cherokee has suffered a sales decline in recent years, as the mid-sized SUV competition heats up and customers downsize a notch or two. For the almost all-new third-generation model, the KK series responds to existing Jeep customer demands for more space, practicality, refinement and on-road driveability, without compromising on the model’s renowned off-road capability. Jeep reckons it has hit a happy medium and hopes SUV buyers out there feel the same.
Model release date: 1 March 2008 to 1 May 2014

Previous model

KJ Cherokee Series II

Released: Dec 2004
Ended: Feb 2008
Family Tree: Cherokee

Known as the Jeep Liberty in America, the second-generation Cherokee since the brand’s successful 1994 relaunch failed to capitalise on the previous XJ’s big buyer base. Oddly proportioned styling promised heaps more room but the back seat didn’t deliver cabin plastic quality was nothing to shout about and the driving experience was firmly on the side of off-road rather than on-road refinement. The best-sellers were the models fitted with the new 150kW/307Nm 3.7-litre V6 petrol mated to a four-speed automatic, while a Mercedes-derived 110kW/360Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel – with a five-speed automatic gearbox – was also available. Variants consisted of the Sport, Renegade and Limited.

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