September 15, 2009 , Frankfurt, Germany -

The Jeep® Cherokee gives customers an “only in a Jeep” open-air experience with its industry-exclusive Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.

In major European markets, the Jeep Cherokee’s 3.7-liter models offer interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO), which turns off fuel during vehicle deceleration. This improves fuel economy without any noticeable changes in engine performance. In addition, 3.7-liter engine models include the new fuel-saver indicator which displays when the vehicle is driven in a fuel-efficient manner. Other features offered include front-row Active Head Restraints, premium seat trim with stain-repel seat fabric, air filtration system and larger floor mats.

The Jeep Cherokee features the industry-exclusive Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof. The Sky Slider roof may be moved to several positions, including full forward, full rear or partially open to any position in between with a convenient express one-touch switch.

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is offered on all Jeep Cherokee models. The 3.7-liter engine produces 151 kW (205 hp DIN) @ 5,200 rpm and 314 N•m (232 lb.-ft.) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The optional 2.8-liter Common-rail Diesel (CRD) turbo diesel generates 130 kW (177 hp DIN) @ 3,800 rpm and 460 N•m (339 lb.-ft.) of torque @ 2,000 rpm.

Jeep Cherokee’s Selec-Trac II® is a full-time, active on-demand four-wheel-drive system. Selec-Trac II operates in 2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Low and Neutral. The 2WD position is for normal driving and achieves optimal fuel economy as the front driveshaft is disengaged from the transfer case and power is directed to rear wheels.

In the Selec-Trac II 4WD Auto position, the transfer case anticipates and prevents wheel slip. It is ideal for a range of road settings, including dry pavement conditions not typically suited for conventional part-time four-wheel-drive systems.

4WD Low is for true off-road conditions and is engaged at speeds of 0-2 mph. Front and rear driveshafts are locked together and a second gearset multiplies torque, which provides traditional Jeep capability. 4WD Low is suitable for speeds less than 30 mph.

Vehicles equipped with Jeep Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive systems are Trail Rated®.

Jeep® Cherokee

Jeep® Cherokee remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage

  • Selec-Trac II® four-wheel-drive system – Full-time, shift-on-the-fly, active four-wheel drive system offers customers the benefit of a fully electronic two-speed active transfer case and Brake-traction Control System (BTCS). It instantly anticipates wheel slip and redirects torque accordingly, which is ideal for off-roading or when driving in inclement weather
  • Hill-descent Control (HDC) – Allows a smooth and controlled hill descent on rough or slippery terrain without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal (available on Automatic equipped vehicles only)
  • Hill-start Assist (HSA) – Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal
  • Neutral position permits flat towing a Cherokee behind a motor home. A push-pin button is provided to shift the transfer case into Neutral (4WD only)
  • Jeep Trail Rated® capability

On-road ride, handling, performance and fuel economy

  • Independent front suspension, five-link rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering for improved on-road ride and handling
  • 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine delivers 151 kW (205 hp DIN) @ 5,200 rpm and 314 N•m (232 lb.-ft.) of torque @ 4,000 rpm and improved fuel economy
  • 2.8-liter Common-rail Diesel (CRD) turbo diesel generates 130 kW (177 hp DIN) @ 3,800 rpm and 460 N•m (339 lb.-ft.) of torque @ 2,000 rpm
  • Interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO) with 3.7-liter engine
  • Fuel-saver with “ECO” lamp indicator in cluster with 3.7-liter engine
  • Safety and security features include Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic-roll Mitigation (ERM) and Brake Assist, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake-traction Control System (BTCS) and Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM)

Classic Jeep exterior styling with functional interior space

  • Rugged appearance, flatter hood, taller seven-slot grille with encased round headlamps
  • Functional interior space – standard fold-flat front-passenger seat, fold-flat second-row passenger seats and a reversible cargo floor
  • Limited model features bright-side roof rails, bright front grille, fog lamps and interior details
  • Sport model features body-color fascias and wheel flares
  • Innovative premium amenities (optional)
  • Industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-open roof available on Sport and Limited models is four times larger than a conventional sun roof
  • Uconnect™ Navigation
  • Uconnect Phone
  • Eight premium audio speakers and 368-watt amplifier
  • Other offerings include power sun roof, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, automatic temperature control, ParkSense® Rear-park assist system and remote start