2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland Canada Review – The controversy quickly surrounded the Jeep Cherokee when it replaced the squeaky Liberty in 2014. Jeep-Ophiles lamented the transverse architecture of the Cherokee transmission train of the base instead of the longitudinal rear-drive design used in the predecessors of Liberty and Cherokee homonyms sold between 1974 and 2001. The Estetos were missed by the arrangement of the headlights/directional lights facing down the Cherokee and the back end full of grease. And those with particular political sensibility even questioned the use of the Cherokee name itself. Now, almost five years later, the wide acceptance in the Cherokee market plus the extraordinary off-road capability of the Trailhawk variant has been erroneously revealed.
2020 Jeep Cherokee Overland Canada Review
For even deeper coverage of the Cherokee, see the detailed review of our Buyer’s Guide. Except for that strange end. There is still not much love for daytime running lights and turn signals that are on the dark headlights hidden in the bumper, which could be the reason why a facial correction tops the mid-cycle upgrades of the Cherokee 2019. Another novelty of ‘ 19 is a lighter composite liftgate gate with hands-free operation, redesigned LED taillights, aluminum bonnet, redesigned bumper, fuel filler without cover, five new tire options, door panels and Sleeker panels, improved information and entertainment systems, a three-inch wide cargo floor, redesigned steering and suspension systems, and a new four-in-line four-liter with range top with a double turbocharger Displacement and 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, Jeep claims that rigorous lightening efforts reduce approximately 150 pounds of bodywork and chassis, although much of that weight was reintroduced by adding more standard features.
The face change was evident when the Cherokee 2019 debuted at the Auto Show in Detroit 2018, but we had to wait until this introductory impulse to explore the effects of the new four-bangs turbo, weight-saving measures and chassis settings.
Lights, lights, lights… yes!
First, however, a moment for the new look. While the operation of the Cherokee’s nose is technically a simple change of style, it is the kind of change that makes the rights wrong, accompanied by a sense of relief to finally see them corrected. The new Cherokee LED headlamps are standard, and while the seven grid slots are still tapered, they look more forceful and strong. The new front bumpers are notably different in all models, except for the Trailhawk models, which still feature their distinctive red tow hooks, a smile-shaped graphic treatment and a serious approach angle, now 29.9 Degrees, only now the taillights occupy the real estate that were formerly assigned to the lighthouses.
There were fewer errors in the mid-size Jeep, but the sharpest bezels surrounding several board and door components, along with the more sophisticated graphics of the new fourth-generation Uconnect information and entertainment system, help improve The Cherokee game in a side-by-side comparison. With a Ford Escape or a Chevrolet Equinox. I mean, you’re not confusing him with a fancy model. The Latitude Plus edge, for example, brings “leather/fabric/vinyl” upholstery to a cabin color scheme that is said to be inspired by Iceland; It is nice enough for the black eye with greyish light blue seams, but the leather is indistinguishable from vinyl, and not because vinyl is so exclusive.
We did not test the Jeep claim that two golf bags now lie comfortably on the ground in the expanded cargo area, but we find it totally credible. When the ParkSense parallel and perpendicular parking assist system is activated, a 1941 Willys graph is displayed on each side of the open space. Jeep customers eat those things.
New 2.0-liter Turbo engine: No character, evasive advantages
We drive two Cherokees, both on the popular level of equipment Latitude Plus, one with the proven V-6 of 3.2 liters, a rarity in this segment, and the other with the new four Cylinders 2.0 liters turbocharged double displacement. (The motor of the trawler base is a SOHC 2.4 litres generating 180 hp and 170 lb-ft). Both vehicles were equipped with the Jeep’s Active drive I Total Traction system and 17-inch tires and tyres. The 2.0-liter turbo drags the V-6 with a power (270 hp to 5250 rpm, versus 271 hp to 6500), but surpasses the largest natural vacuum of six by 56 lb-ft (295 versus 239). EPA’s official fuel economy estimates are pending, but Jeep claims that the 2.0-liter turbo (an option of $500 above the V-6, available on all Latitude base models) consumes less fuel. As a result, Jeep says the Trailhawk models equipped with 2.0 liters weigh 10 pounds more than the Trailhawks with V-6 engine, which in turn weigh 100 pounds less than last year’s version.
Jeep claims that the 2.0-liter engine performs better than the V-6, a claim that its great torque advantage and shorter final drive ratio tend to be compatible, but we can’t confirm that until we get to our test track. Based on its internal tests, Jeep claims that the four turbo will have an advantage of 0.5 seconds over the six from zero to 60 mph; The best time we recorded was 6.9 seconds in a 4k Cherokee Limited 4×4. The general lack of character of the turbo engine, the occasional slow response and the slight disadvantage of towing (4000 lbs versus 4500 for the V-6) mean that any performance advantage and fuel economy that the four turbo has over the six It should be considerable.
The nine-speed automatic transmission has been redesigned to match the performance characteristics of the 2.0 liters, which we hope will translate into faster changes to compensate for the innate delay of all turbo engines, however, We found that it still fails on the side. of comfort with their gentle changes and their general lack of will to kick down even in intelligent driving. Along with the V-6, a dance partner is not yet better, especially since all the Cherokees in the United States have no change palettes.
Most Cherokee shoppers will probably pay less attention to changing speed than to the sense of authority of their engine, but even in this subjective sense is that the responsiveness of the V-6 and the surprisingly muscular sound are more Attractive, despite the Jeep’s claim that the four turbo behavior is the “safest and most sensitive ” of the two options. The final judgment expects a complete test, at which point we should also know where the fuel economy numbers are.
Still nice on road, awesome off road
The revised buffers, bushings and stabilizer bars provide smooth running, at least on the Latitude Plus 4×4 models we handle with their 17-inch rims and 225/65R-17 Firestone Destination LE2. We cannot talk about the Limited and Overland models with the 18-and 19-inch rolling stock and the lower profile tyres, but with their new electrically lighter-assisted steering hardware, the new Cherokee seems to have lost precision. We have observed in previous tests. We would not mind more the sense of direction, but few crosses and SUV provide much of that. It seems that all the sensation was kept for the brake pedal, which is wonderfully progressive, which makes it possible for the stops to be easy to drive.
However, on an off-road course in the Santa Monica Mountains We were reminded of the ability of the Cherokee Trailhawk. The Trailhawk, equipped with V-6, with its factory suspension lift system of 1.0 inches, all-terrain tires and four-wheel drive system Active Drive lock with rear differential lock, made the work easy of obstacles Extremely difficult. Particularly impressive is the select-Speed tracking control system, which keeps the vehicle constantly moving forward at speeds up to 0.6 mph, even on inclined slopes, steep, rocky and even when a wheel or two does not They’re in contact with nothing.
The initial price for a front-wheeled latitude 2019 Cherokee is $25.190, $400 less than before, with the latitude Plus models from $27.690 and the Limited to $31.570 models. The Jeep’s Active Drive I 4×4 system is an update of $1500 at all levels of equipment, and the Limited also brings the V-6 of 3.2 liters. The V-6 is also standard on the Overland, which starts at $37.440. Active drive II and select-Speed Control are available on all, except the Latitude base, for a $1205 jump over the active drive I system. The Trailhawk, with its system-specific Active lock lock (and the V-6 engine), starts at $34.515.
Since 2014, Cherokee has offered a true off-road capability and good Jeep faith in one of the most controversial segments of the business. While the Mazda CX-5, the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson are strong competitors, the numerous upgrades of the Cherokee, the available V-6 and the new four-engine turbo, and the extensive style correction must make it a tougher competitor than ever. For off-road enthusiasts, it may be the only option.