Jeep’s range-topping Cherokee Overland is headed for its Geneva Motor Show debut next month. It was officially unveiled at the New England International Auto Show in January.
The Overland is the new top-of-the-range Cherokee model, but it’s not to be confused with a Grand Cherokee. It’s a dressed-up version of the Cherokee with monochromatic paint, polished 18-inch wheels and chrome accents.
The cabin doesn’t lack for much. It’s pretty much loaded with all the options you can get on its lesser siblings. But it adds a leather-covered dashboard, heated and ventilated seats, Berber carpets, Nappa leather, an Alpine sound system, and glossy zebrano wood on the steering-wheel rim.
The Overland comes with FCA’s Uconnect system with a 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and GPS navigation.
Engine wise, there are two options, either the 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6. Both choices come with the Jeep Active Drive II system and its 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.
A Heavy Duty Protection package includes skid plates and full-size spare tire (something you don’t get often anymore these days), 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start, fuel-saving technology, producing 271-horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. A technology option package adds driver assistance features like lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, parking assist, forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control.
The new Cherokee Overland will start at $34,695 (plus $995 destination) and arrive in Jeep dealerships this spring.