Applying a well-proven formula pioneered on its larger Grand Cherokee sibling, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee lineup now includes a new Overland trim that brings cosmetic and functional enhancements to this compact 5-passenger model. “The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4x4 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 at the vehicle’s debut at the New England International Auto Show being in Boston.

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Set atop the current Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk lineup, the new Cherokee Overland 4x4 builds on the already well-appointed Limited 4x4 trim grade. Exterior revamps bring body-color fascias/door-cladding/wheel flares, a bright front grille and chin extension, 18-inch polished bright-aluminum wheels, HID bi-xenon headlamps and an “Overland” badge on its power liftgate. The plush cabin includes power-assisted heated/ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, a leather-covered dash and steering wheel -- the latter set off with Zebrano wood trim – bright door sill plates and Berber carpeted floor mats. The Cherokee Overland also boasts an Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link andTraffic as well as Uconnect Access Advantage. The driver’s features a memory function that stores settings for the radio and exterior mirrors. This top Cherokee offering also comes with blind spot monitoring and rear crosspath detection, the Parksense rear-backup-assist system and a premium insulation group.

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Fitted with Jeep’s Active Drive II 4x4 system that includes a dual-range transfer case and Select-Terrain traction control, the new Cherokee Overland also comes with a 2.4-liter/184-horsepower MultiAir 4-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. Models equipped with the optional 271-horse/3.2-liter Pentastar V6 as part of the Heavy Duty Protection Package also have skid plates and a full-size spare tire. The other available upgrade is the Technology Group that adds advanced Brake Assist, auto high-beam headlamps, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense front/rear park assist with rear stop, rain-sensitive wipers, a wireless charging pad, remote CD player, engine block heater and sunroof.

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland will arrive in showrooms this spring and carry a starting price of $34,495.

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