Delivering plenty of practicality, off-road capability, civilized and comfortable ride, is the fresh 2017 Jeep Cherokee. Its pros include a unique off-road capability for the Trailhawk trim, an abundance of available high-end technology features, a roomy seating, quiet and smooth ride, and a refined V6 engines. Its date of release should be expected during the 3rd Q of this year.
New features and technologies available for the 2017 Cherokee include automatically generated text messages’ reply, Do Not Disturb function automatic phone messages, a new drag and drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, and an 8.4” Uconnect system.
The vehicle will definitely be stepping to one of the most fiercely fought over segment, which is chock full of comfortable, well-equipped, and affordable vehicles in the segment. However, the new model aims to distinguish itself by offering an alluring list of new features, equipment and convenience technologies, plus its traditional off-road capability.
Moreover, the vehicle offers ample sound insulation, straight-forward controls, and a spacious interior. Except from the underwhelming four cylinder engine and an unusually modest cargo capacity, the Jeep offers a top performance.
The small crossover segment offers a surfeit of other vehicles worth considering if the Cherokee doesn’t fit your list of priorities. Some of them include the 2017 Honda CR-V, 2017 Mazda CX-5, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, and the 2017 Subaru XV.
Available Trims – Jeep Cherokee
The five-passenger configuration Jeep Cherokee for 2017 is available in these trims: base Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and the Limited trim. The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Chief, SRT8, Altitude, and hellcat are reviewed separately.
Interior Review & Exterior Redesign – 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Some of the standard features offered by the Sport trim includes a steering height-adjustable wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17” steel wheels, floor mats, remote keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, reclining and sliding rear seats with 60/40-split folding seatbacks, a 5” touchscreen display, a rear wiper, an SD card reader, an auxiliary audio input, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB charge-only port.
The optionally available Cold Weather Group package comes with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, heated power-folding mirrors, remote ignition, and wiper de-icer.
The Latitude trim adds a body-colored door handles and mirrors, automatic headlights, roof rails, foglights, a rearview camera, privacy tinted glass, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a folding front passenger seat, LED interior lighting, a 115-V household style power outlet, an upgraded nine-speaker premium sound system, Siri Eyes Free, an 8.4” Uconnect touchscreen interface, dual sunroof, and smartphone app integration.
Likewise, the Latitude comes bundled with the Cold Weather package and the Convenience/Comfort package. The latter comes bundled with an eight-way power driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), keyless ignition and entry, and a power liftgate. The SafetyTec Group package adds heated mirrors, a satellite radio, an auto-diming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert, and a blind-spot monitoring.
The Trailhawk – an off-road-themed trim comes with a wider 17” wheels, a four-wheel-drive, all-terrain tires, hill descent and ascent control, unique exterior trim, satellite radio, an 8.4” touchscreen display, leather upholstery, a larger driver information display, skid plates, and a locking rear differential.
The plush Limited trim comes equipped with a leather upholstery, automatic climate control (dual-zone), 18” alloy wheels, a wiper de-icer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power driver seat, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, upgraded side mirrors, and remote ignition.
2017 Jeep Cherokee Engine Specs
The base engine is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine good for 171 lbs. of torque and 184 horsepower.
Standard on the trim but optional for the Sport is a 3.2L V6 engine rated at 271 horsepower and 239 lbs. of torque. With both engines, the default transmission system is a nine-speed auto.
The V6-powered Cherokee offers a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.
The EPA fuel consumption estimates for the four-cylinder FWD Cherokee stand at 22/31/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 21/29/24 mpg with the V6 FWD models.
During our own test drive, the Cherokee with a V6 powerplant accelerated from 0-60 mph in just 7.4 seconds, and half a second more with the V6 Trailhawk.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Planning to buy the refreshed Cherokee SUV? Well, you should be ready to part away with an MSRP standing from $23,395. As for the release date, expect it during the 3rd Q of 2016.
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