Following a record year for the Jeep brand overall, and now with the mid-size Cherokee up 23 percent for the year, Jeep is raising the bar in the mid-size SUV segment by adding a premium Overland model to the Cherokee lineup for 2016.
Jeep revealed their new luxury level 2016 Cherokee Overland at the New England International Auto Show this month, they said, in response to consumer demand for a higher level of luxury in the Cherokee lineup combined with their unmatched road and off-road capability in the mid-size SUV segment.
“The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4×4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global, “……..and we expect the new Overland model will attract even more consumers into our Jeep showrooms going forward.”
2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland
Taking cues from the Overland model in the full-size Grand Cherokee lineup – the Overland Cherokee offers exclusive style treatments along with premium amenities and upgraded features in addition to a long list of standard equipment that enable the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to stand out well above the mid-size SUV crowd.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland comes standard with the 2.4L MultiAir 2 TigerShark I4 four cylinder engine that generates 184 horsepower with 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Optionally available is the award-winning 3.2L Pentastar V6 with Engine Stop-Start. It produces 271 horsepower with 239 lb.-ft. of torque. Both power plants are mated to the Jeep exclusive 948TE Nine Speed Automatic Transmission.
On the outside, the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps, new 18-inch 10-spoke fully polished bright aluminum wheels clad with ContiProContact TX all-season tires and the definitive “Overland” badge on the lift gate.
As the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model interior distinguishes its lineup, the Jeep Cherokee Overland – on the inside – is loaded with premium enhancements that make it stand out in the segment.
Some of those features include a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats and standard Soft Axis II Nappa leather trimmed ventilated/heated front seats.
Also included are a standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.
Building on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the following as standard equipment: power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, Parksense rear backup assist system and a premium insulation group.
Living up to the “Overland” name, the new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance for off-road driving. To handle those challenging conditions, each Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4×4 capability isn’t needed.
For additional road handling capability, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Selec-Terrain allows the driver, with a push of a button on the Selec-Terrain dial, to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance.
The four customized settings are offered on Selec-Terrain are designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. The Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).
Optional features on the 2016 Cherokee Overland model include:
- Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.
The 2016 Cherokee Overland joins the Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup.
The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the FWD is $34,495 and the 4×4 is $38,395. The destination charge is $995 additional.
The 2016 Cherokee Overland will arrive in Jeep dealerships this spring.