New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Meet the 2005 Jeep Cherokee

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It is given a freshened exterior design with new front fascia, grille, fog lamps, fender flares, bodyside mouldings and new standard roof-rack rails and wheels.

The Jeep Cherokee Sport comes with a painted body-colour front grille and a front bumper with "twin-tube" appearance for a customised accessory look.

A more upmarket treatment is given to the Cherokee Limited featuring a chrome grille, body-colour painted fascias and wheel arches and five-spoke alloy wheels. Both the bodyside moulding and the roof-rack rails are chrome finished.

The restyled and repackaged Jeep Cherokee Renegade becomes the image leader for Cherokee and features a more rugged look. The Cherokee Renegade offers a distinct exterior when compared to the Sport and Limited models

It features a new flatter bonnet and taller grille, plus off-road fog lamps, taillamp guards, "bolted-on" wheel arches and large six-spoke alloy wheels.

Other detail touches include for the Renegade include roof-rack rails, functional side rock rails and skid plate appliqué below the front bumper, all painted a bright silver.

All Jeep Cherokee models feature interior changes to enhance their comfort, practicality and appearance.


The Cherokee range now comes with a new 2.8-litre common-rail diesel (CRD) engine with variable geometry turbocharger (VGT).

Maximum power is 128 kW at 3 800 r/min while torque is 400 Nm at 1 800 r/min.

This engine is is mated as to a new six-speed manual gearbox, while a five-speed auto is optional.

There is also a choice of an improved 3.7-litre V6 petrol power unit or a four-cylinder 2.4-litre petrol unit.

The V6 features numerous improvements that enhance fuel economy. Maximum power for this engine is 150 kW a5 5 200 r/min, while 307 Nm of torque is generated at 3 700 r/min. The 2.4-litre petrol engine produces a maximum of 108  at 5 200 r/min and torque of 215 Nm at 4 000 r/min.

The well-proven suspension, drivetrain and steering of the Jeep Cherokee is carried over for the new vehicle.

It also still features a a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems ? Command-Trac part-time four-wheel drive and Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive - both with dual range (high and low) capabilities.

  • The improved Cherokee range will be shown at the Paris Motor Show. The car will be offcially launched in Zambia later this month, and Wheels24 will be there to experience the new car.

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