Heading to the New York Auto Show in the last week of March is the Jeep Cherokee, a replacement for the Liberty SUV. Not to be confused with the Grand Cherokee that is India-bound later this year, the Jeep Cherokee is likely to be powered by a host of six-cylinder engines, including V6 petrol and a four-pot common-rail diesel motor with just under 200 bhp and about 40 kgm of peak torque.
Designed to rival the likes of the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Jeep Cherokee is a five-seat SUV, India should get the SUV by 2016 or so, if it does indeed arrive. The company also claims a fuel-efficiency figure that is 45 per cent better than its predecessor, thanks to the utilisation of a 9-speed automatic transmission that will become the standard for all Jeep products, going forward.
Will Jeep launch this very product in India, or the next-generation Compass remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more updates and info.