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CHRYSLER JEEP CHEROKEE: Which Version Do You Like for Used Car?

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First Generation (1984- 2001)

The CHRYSLER JEEP CHEROKEE XJ that went on sale in 1984, despite being an American-manufactured SUV, boasted a large body size and reasonable price, gaining considerable popularity. In Japan, at the time, import and sales through Kintetsu Shibaura Vehicles began, but from the 1989 model onward, due to the establishment of CHRYSLER Japan Sales, sale of the CHEROKEE XJ moved to there.
The exterior measured in length, width, and height at 4,280mm, 1,780mm, and 1,635mm respectively, making for improved vehicle operability for an American vehicle, and usability that could be realized in Japan.

The engine installed was the 3,959cc inline six-cylinder gasoline engine with 175 horsepower, combined with the 4-speed automatic transmission. The drive system was available only as 4WD. Riding capacity was 5 people, and the tire size equipped was 215/75R15 for both the front and rear.

The minor changes made in May 1997 led to alterations in the interior and exterior. The design for the front and rear was changed to a more rounded one, transforming the vehicle to a more modern appearance. In terms of interior as well, everything, including the center console, was renewed to further improve texture and quality. Furthermore, in terms of safety features, SRS air bags were installed on the driver and passenger seats as standard equipment.
Though the improvement was slight, fuel efficiency was enhanced from 5.9km/L to 6.1km/L.

In January 1999, further minor changes were implemented with the aim to enrich the equipment installed. Seat heaters were installed as standard equipment on the “Limited,” and front grilles painted the same color as the body color, as well as front/rear bumpers and fenders, were installed on the “Sports,” in addition to changes in the upholstery.

In November 2000, a total of six new body color options were made available.

Second Generation (2001- 2008)


In September 2001, a full model change led to the introduction of the second generation model. For the outer appearance, round headlights were newly used, and the traditional vertical grille and other design features that are reminiscent of Jeep’s traditions were arranged for a more modern look. As for the suspension system, the front wheels evolved to a double wishbone, further improving riding comfort. The exterior measurements were enlarged, measuring in length, width, and height at 4,495mm, 1,820mm, and 1,840mm, respectively.

The V-model 3,700cc six-cylinder engine with 210 horsepower was installed, and the fuel consumption was improved to 6.8km/L. This was combined with the 4-speed automatic transmission and 4WD.
In terms of tire size, according to the larger-sized body, it was enlarged to 235/70R16.

In January 2003, the rear-wheel brakes were changed from drum brakes to disk brakes, further improving safety.

The minor changes made in March 2005 led to alterations in the interior and exterior. In terms of the exterior, the design was changed to one that integrated the frontlights and grille, exuding a more classic feel. As for the interior, improvements such as seat changes and enriched equipment options were made.

Small changes made in January 2006 led to the installment of ESP with Electronic Rollover Mitigation, with the aim to reduce the risk of the vehicle overturning, to all grades as standard equipment, further improving safety.

Third Generation (2008- 2014)

In 2008, the third generation model was introduced. The outer appearance became more square-like, with features like the 7 vertical slit front grille and a trapezoid-shaped fender flare. In addition, the canvus top was newly added to the lineup. In terms of the car body size, it measured in length, width, and height at 4,500mm, 1,830mm, and 1,785mm respectively, making for a lower and wider body design compared to the previous generation model.

The same V-model 3,700cc six-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower was installed, and fuel consumption was improved at 7.1km/L. This was combined with the 4-speed automatic transmission and 4WD.
Tire size was further enlarged; the 235/60R18 was equipped.

Minor changes made in April 2009 led to improvements in usability, such as the installment of automatic rain-sensing front wipers. Furthermore, in terms of the interior as well, the upholstery color was changed, and premium leather seats were installed.

In February 2011, the multi-function steering wheel was installed, and for some grades, cruise control was set up. Furthermore, for the “Limited,” the material for the center panel was changed, further improving texture and quality.

Fouth Generation (2014 - )

The fourth generation model was introduced in May 2014, with the FF added to the drive system lineup. This is because the car body became FF-based. For the outer appearance, the design was transformed from one that was reminiscent of the traditional Jeep to the design of the popular crossover SUV, with installments like slim headlights. For the car body size, it measured in length, width, and height at 4,630mm, 1,905mm, and 1,740mm respectively, further emphasizing the low and wide design.

For the FF, the 2,359cc engine with 177 horsepower was made available, and for the 4WD, the 3,238cc engine with 272 horsepower.

Additionally, the transmission also evolved to the 9-speed automatic.

 MODELDisplacementDrive SystemFuelLine-Up Year
1984-2001E-7W2,8004WDGasoline1984 - 1986
E-7M3,9594WDGasoline1987 - 1989
E-7MX3,9594WDGasoline1990 - 1999
GF-7MX3,9594WDGasoline2000, 2001
2001-2007GF-KJ373,7004WDGasoline2001, 2002
GH-KJ373,7004WDv2003 - 2006
ABA-KJ373,7004WDGasoline2007
2007-2012ABA-KK373,7004WDGasoline2008 - 2013
2013-ABA-KL242,3594WDGasoline2014
ABA-KL323,2384WDGasoline2014
ABA-KL32L3,2384WDGasoline2014
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