Showroom Preview: 2016 Jeep® Cherokee
October 14, 2015
The 2016 Jeep® Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, fuel ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, superior on-road ride and handling, a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 available advanced safety and security features.
Also new for the 2016 model year are Rhino Clear Coat and Light Brownstone exterior colors and driver comfort enhancements to the steering column tilt, instrument cluster and front seats. Also, for vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect® is introducing new features that include:
- Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Jeep Cherokee owners now have one-button access to the features and services they value most. From Travel Link and Yelp to heated or cooled seats, drivers now can simply drag their favorite feature or service icon from the apps menu and move them to their Uconnect system’s main menu bar.
- Siri Eyes Free: An extension of voice recognition via the voice button on the steering wheel and compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later, drivers can speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions.
- Do Not Disturb: Owners who prefer not be interrupted with phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new “Do Not Disturb” and “Reply with Text Message” feature located within the Uconnect system’s phone screen. Once enabled, incoming mobile calls are routed to voicemail and text messages are suppressed. The feature also enables a default or customized response to be send in response to call or text messages.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee not only offers best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds, it also provides a choice of three innovative, best-in-class 4×4 systems.
Jeep Active Drive I – Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive I features a single power transfer unit (PTU), which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. The system, which does not require any driver intervention or feedback, delivers yaw correction during dynamic events and improves both understeer and oversteer conditions.
Jeep Active Drive II – Available on the Cherokee Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. The 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee with Jeep Active Drive II gives the off-road adventurer a ride height that is increased by an inch, and a crawl ratio of 56:1 when powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine and 47.8:1 when powered by the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – up to a 90-percent improvement versus the outgoing model.
Jeep Active Drive Lock – Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed power for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.
All 4×4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Up to five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).
The Jeep Cherokee is also the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, which seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver. The result is reduced energy loss when 4×4 capability isn’t needed – improving fuel efficiency.
Superior on-road performance and fuel efficiency
Powered by the choice of two engines — a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque — mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, the Cherokee delivers the power drivers appreciate on the road without sacrificing fuel efficiency.
With highway fuel economy ratings of up to 31 mpg and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee delivers drivers a no-compromise ownership experience.
Additionally, ESS technology, which is standard on Cherokees equipped with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, increases fuel efficiency by automatically 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. A system disable switch is located on the dash if the operator wishes to suspend the feature.
Safety and Security
The Cherokee starts with a strong foundation, constructed with 65 percent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive safety and security features, including ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus; Forward Collision Warning-Plus; LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus; electronic stability control (ESC); electronic roll mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, 10 standard air bags and much more.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4×4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look, backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and the most capable mid-size SUV in the segment. The Trailhawk
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 2016 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.
Arriving in U.S. dealerships in the third quarter 2015, customers can also choose from the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude and Cherokee Limited.