New Jeep Cherokee photos revealed, India launch likely in 2016

Not the Jeep Cherokee that is going to come to India this year – scroll down to read more about the new Cherokee, and Jeep’s plans for India

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Jeep has just revealed fresh official pictures of its Jeep Cherokee – a five-seater SUV that has been newly designed by Chrysler after the alliance with Fiat. This Cherokee is to be officially unveiled at the New York Motor Show in late March.

This Jeep Cherokee is likely to come to India in 2016 as part of the two more “B-Segment” vehicles that Fiat-Chrysler had planned for India. This Jeep Cherokee is much smaller than the Grand Cherokee that is set to debut in India this year, in October. In the US, the Cherokee will likely replace the Jeep Liberty. Also read: Fiat to launch Jeep Cherokee in India in 2013

 

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee that will come to India

In India, the Cherokee will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Santa-Fe, Renault Koleos and Honda CR-V, although it will be slightly more expensive than these vehicles. It will be price positioned just below the Jeep Wrangler that is coming in later this year as well. Jeep will be launching two vehicles in India this year – the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler (in three-door and five-door variants).

Also read: Jeep plans compact SUV to rival Duster and EcoSport

The Jeep Cherokee gets radically new styling, but tries to keep some of the traditional lines intact like the seven-slat grille. It has a split level appearance in front with slit-like indicators with what look like LED lamps mounted separately from the main headlamps which are much lower. It also looks more modern and curvaceous in comparison to the Grand Cherokee which is boxier.

Also read: Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee for India in 2013

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Photo: The Jeep Wrangler that is coming to India

Apparently the Jeep Cherokee shares its platform with the Fiat Viaggio and Dodge Dart sedan, both of which are cousins of the next-generation Fiat Linea that will come to India next year. In the US, it will likely be powered by an 3.2 litre V6 petrol engine, but when it comes to India it would likely come with a diesel engine. It is also the first Jeep vehicle to get a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which can be used on both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts. Also see: 4 most value-for-money SUVs!