Driving a Jeep Cherokee will put you on a pedestal rarely experienced by most of the country’s citizens.
It is definitely a status set of wheels, riding up there with the high-end sports utility vehicles (SUVs) such as Benz and BMW that are visible this part of the world. The first Jeep of this kind was launched in 1974, and was simply a two-door version of the Jeep Wagoner, and after three years, a four-door version was released.
The subsequent 40 years have seen several generations of the Jeep leave America’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly lines.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is a mid-size fourth-generation SUV that has evolved itself to suit the interpretation of the slogan “Go anywhere, do anything.” It features a new sleek and athletic design, enhanced on-road driving dynamics and handling, legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, innovative technology, new levels of efficiency, entertainment, comfort and top-notch safety and security features. These are also embodied in the new Limited model.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is packed with safety features that earned it the prestigious Euro NCAP five-star rating last year. These address the safety of passengers as well as other road users which satisfies all the international safety standards.
It includes seven standard air bags (front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags (Curtains), driver-side knee air bags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with rollover mitigation (ERM) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with off-road calibrations. It also boasts parallelerpendicular parking assists using ultrasonic parking sensors imbedded in the bumper that guide the driver in parking almost anywhere.
The Trailhawk is powered by a 3.2 litre Pentastar V-6 engine, a derivative of the renowned 3.6 litre Pentastar V-6. It is widely praised for its efficient power output and refinement, hence a reduction in noise, vibrations and engine harshness levels.
Its interior is quite modern and comfortable, crafted with refined and sophisticated designs, high-quality materials, employing precision and attention to detail.
The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has a high ground clearance that means it will not flinch from going to any kind of rough road or terrain. Its frame and suspension incorporate high-strength steel. The Trailhawk is the first of its kind to have a nine-speed gearbox. The interior fascia sports quite a large monitor screen that displays all the information relayed by the sensors. Among other accessories, it accommodates Bluetooth connectivity.
Whereas the Jeep Cherokee Limited’s ground clearance is very low, the Jeep Trailhawk’s is high enough to make you go almost anywhere off the road. However, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk’s downside in Uganda is that very few mechanics will even attempt to maintain it, let alone carry out major repairs.
Source : The Observer