The adventure machine offers a diesel version in its new line-up, writes Chris Nixon.

Jeep has completed the line-up for its recently-introduced Cherokee with the arrival of a diesel version, priced at a recommended $49,000.

Serious off-roaders usually prefer diesel power for its low-speed flexibility and pulling power and, although the 2.0 litre Cherokee Limited Diesel’s outputs of 125kW and 350Nm are no more than average, they proved to be well up to some very steep and rocky fire trails in the Victorian Alps on a recent test.

Low-range transmission complementing a nine-speed automatic gearbox and electronic traction aids mean the Limited Diesel will go most places as well as tow up to 2.3 tonnes with a braked trailer.

This adventure machine is also equipped for comfort and convenience, with leather upholstery, an Alpine audio system, navigation, reversing camera and remote starting.

The new SUV comes with a “Trail Rated” endorsement attached to all Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and Wranglers. Developed with a Nevada testing authority, Trail Rated quantifies the Jeeps’ off-road ability by several criteria.

Buyers who want a Jeep that looks as tough as it performs can specify new Blackhawk limited editions of the Compass, Patriot, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. These feature numerous black exterior and interior parts, including wheels and radiator grilles.