Changes for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee:
Jeep makes a number of changes to the 2015 Cherokee. The standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine now meets Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) requirements in 14 states, while the optional 3.2-liter V-6 engine gains new fuel-saving automatic stop/start technology.
In other news, the popular Latitude model gains new seat fabric, automatic headlights, and a reversing camera and standard equipment. A new SafetyTec option package is offered for Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited models, installing blind spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection, rear parking assist sensors, and side signaling mirrors. Trailhawk models are newly available with perforated premium leather, heated and ventilated front seats, and memory for the driver’s settings.
Finally, the optional forward collision warning system adds low-speed crash mitigation technology, which can autonomously prevent a collision in certain circumstances. A new Nepal color combination debuts, too.
The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is offered in basic Sport, popular Latitude, and luxurious Limited trim levels. The Cherokee Trailhawk is the off-road-ready model, the only one that is officially “Trail Rated.”
Engines and Transmissions:
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, making 184 horsepower. A 271-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine is optional, and features automatic stop/start technology for 2015.
A 9-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, delivering power to the front wheels in all models except the Trailhawk. Buyers choose between three different 4WD systems, the Trailhawk model equipped with the most capable one as standard equipment.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Based on EPA fuel economy estimates, the Cherokee’s 4-cylinder engine isn’t much more efficient than the optional V-6 engine. Depending on configuration, the 4-cylinder returns between 22 mpg and 25 mpg in combined driving, while the V-6 is rated to get between 22 mpg and 24 mpg.
In crash testing, the NHTSA gives the Cherokee an overall rating of 4 stars, but this Jeep earns no less than a 4-star rating in any given assessment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Cherokee a “Good” rating for those tests it has conducted. As this summary was written, the Cherokee had not been subjected to the small overlap frontal-impact test.
New for 2015, a low-speed crash mitigation system is added to the optional forward collision warning system, able to potentially prevent a crash from happening even if the driver takes no action. Beyond this, the Cherokee is available with a long list of safety-related technologies, including standard hands-free text messaging support and optional voice-texting capability, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path detection, a lane departure warning system, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Built for cold-weather climates, there are three different 4WD systems, a Selec-Terrain traction management system, a wiper de-icing system, and a heated steering wheel. Off-road performance is enhanced with Selec-Speed control, while city commutes are easier thanks to parallel and perpendicular parking assist. Adaptive cruise control is also available, along with a Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system with mobile Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone wireless charging pad.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
September 13, 2014
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