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Jeep Cherokee

Mk2 Cherokee

Jeep logo1 Apr 1994

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

Chrysler returned to Australia in April 1994 after Mitsubishi’s 1980 buyout of its local operations, riding on the back of the 10-year old Jeep Cherokee series.

With its chunky good looks, city-friendly compact 4-door wagon dimensions, gutsy 135kW 4.0L 6-cylinder engine, and long list of standard features, the Cherokee was an immediate hit.

Buyers didn’t seem to mind that the 5-seater cabin was cramped for adults, the suspension used archaic leaf spring technology, and that the truck-based separate chassis construction led to ponderous on-road handling and roadholding.

Torque output was ample (rated at 290 Newton metres), and a 4-speed auto was the only gearbox available.

Both the Sport and Limited models included permanent 4WD, air-con, central locking, power steering, power windows, power mirrors and – from January ’95 – a driver’s side airbag, while the Limited added anti-lock brakes, cruise control, alloy wheels, and leather trim.

The Classic series on both models from September ’95 added a nudge bar and extra features.

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