by Bill P.
For 2016 Jeep is expanding the brand’s lineup with the new Overland Edition, specialized for added alt terrain functionality. The Overland delivers consumers a new level of luxury combined with unmatched capability in the mid-size SUV segment.
The new Cherokee Overland model is a direct response to consumers looking for benchmark 4×4 capability that only Jeep can offer, in a stunning, more luxurious package loaded with premium amenities.
An exclusive style, premium amenities and enhancements and a long list of standard equipment elevate the new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model to new levels of refined elegance and comfort.
The exterior of the new Cherokee Overland model features new body-color fascias with a bright front grille and chin extension, body-color door cladding and wheel flares, new 18-inch fully polished bright aluminum wheels, standard HID bi-xenon headlamps and “Overland” badging on the liftgate.
The Jeep Cherokee Overland interior includes a leather-wrapped instrument panel, power front driver and passenger seat with four-way power lumbar, a new Jeep steering wheel with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, bright door sill plates, Berber floor mats, standard Nappa leather seats with ventilated/heated front seats, standard Alpine Premium Audio system, Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM radio with 8.4-in. touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, Uconnect Access Advantage, and standard memory driver’s seat, radio and exterior mirrors.
In addition to the interior and exterior design enhancements and the standard equipment found on the Jeep Cherokee Limited model, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland model adds the standard power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and rear cross detection and Parksense rear backup assist system. The new Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes standard with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to help drivers reach the most demanding destinations.
Living up to the “Overland” name, each Jeep Cherokee Overland 4×4 model comes equipped with the Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system, which includes a two-speed power transfer unit, low range and an industry-first disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency when 4×4 capability isn’t needed.
In addition, the Jeep Active Drive II system features the Jeep brand’s 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. Four customized settings are offered on the new Cherokee Overland model: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.
Selec-Terrain is designed to optimize the four-wheel-drive systems for unsurpassed control and capability. Selec- Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control, including the drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, ESC, transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control). The system allows drivers to choose between four modes-auto, sport, snow and sand/mud to optimizes the 4×4 system to any driving condition.
The Technology Group includes advanced Brake Assist, auto high beam headlamp control, LaneSense Departure Warning Plus with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus with crash mitigation, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, ParkSense front and rear park assist with rear stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers, wireless charging pad, remote CD player engine block heater and sunroof.
The Heavy Duty Protection group includes skid plates and full-size spare tire, 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with standard engine stop/start (ESS) fuel-saving technology, 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque.
The new Cherokee Overland joins Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models in the Cherokee lineup. With a MSRP of $34,495 Cherokee Overland arrives in Jeep dealerships this spring.