The Jeep Cherokee has been a surprising success since making its return in an Italian suit in 2014. After a huge 2015, Jeep has decided to reveal a new version of the midsize crossover known as the Overland. In addition to being ready to tackle pavement and the occasional dirt road, the Overland also adds plenty of luxury to the already-well-equipped Cherokee.
From the outside, the Outlander model gains body-color fascias, a bright grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, and 18-inch bright aluminum wheels. Rounding out the exterior changes are the HID bi-xenon headlights and Overland badge on the tailgate. In addition to these features, the Overland also gains a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, Parksense rear backup assist system, and the premium insulation group.
Inside, the Cherokee Overland gets a more-premium look and feel by way of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power front seats, a new steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door-sill plates, Berber floor mats, and Nappa leather seats with ventilation and heat. Also pushing the Cherokee Overland to a more premium level is its Alpine Premium audio system, a Uconnect 8.4AN infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, navigation, and memory driver’s seat, radio and mirrors.
Powering the 2016 Cherokee Overland is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 184 horsepower and delivers power to the front wheels. Optionally, buyers can add the 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 and the Jeep Active Drive II four-wheel-drive system.
The 2016 Cherokee Overland will hit showrooms in the spring of 2016 at a starting price of $34,795, making it $5,800 more than the current range-topping Limited trim level.