Thursday, 25 January 2007

Jeep Cherokee XJ - Still made in China

After being discontinued and replaced in 2001 by the Cherokee KJ/Liberty, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is still being produced in China as the jeep2500. It has the familiar XJ shape sheet metal and looks like a real XJ from behind the headlights back.

The front looks more modern, a cross between a Nissan X-Trail and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's obvious though, when looking from above, behind, or down the side, that this is still an XJ.

The interior is also updated with a modern brushed aluminium look.

This is a modern XJ and comes with dual front airbags, ABS and EBD in a 2.4 litre and a 4 litre engine. I don't know what the 2.4 does to the performance. I would imagine that it's a lot less powerful than a real 4 litre XJ, unless it's a diesel. It's comes in 4x4 and 4x2 flavours.

It's only made in left-hand drive, but having grown to love the shape and style of the XJ, if these were sold in Australia I'd buy one in preference to the KJ Cherokee/Liberty. Umm, who am I kidding? No I wouldn't.

It does seem odd though to be producing a car in the 21st century that's so like the original from the 1980's. It's almost VW Beetle-esque in that way.

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