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Jeep - 1996 Cherokee UK Version
Jeep - 1996 Cherokee UK Version

Jeep - 1996 Cherokee UK Version

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Jeep Cherokee UK Version A four wheel drive Jeep®Cherokee has completed a record-breaking drive across Europe from Italy to the UK on less than a tank of fuel... and at journey'... More »
Jeep Cherokee UK Version

A four wheel drive Jeep®Cherokee has completed a record-breaking drive across Europe from Italy to the UK on less than a tank of fuel... and at journey's end in Dover, there was even sufficient fuel remaining for the vehicle to be driven to London and back.

The 900-mile trip, which took less than 24 hours from start to finish, was completed at an average speed of just under 50 mph. The Turbo Diesel-powered Cherokee achieved an average fuel consumption of 58.47 miles per gallon and consumed just 15.4 gallons of fuel. Now the achievement looks set to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the longest four wheel drive across Europe on a tank of fuel.

Fitted with a standard 2.5-litre VM Turbo Diesel engine, the Cherokee was driven by husband and wife,John and Helen Taylor. Their 900.5-mile journey began at the headquarters of VM Motor, in Cent, near Bologna, and the aim was to reach the headquarters of Chrysler Jeep Imports UK without refuelling VM Motori produces the 114 bhp 2.5 Turbo Diesel engine in Cento for fitment to the Cherokee and the same unit is also fitted to the Chrysler Voyager.

The fuel efficiency of the Cherokee Turbo Diesel even surprised the drivers. "When we reached England, we looked at the fuel gauge and decided to carry on driving to the outskirts of London and then return to Dover. Even when we arrived back in Dover, there was still enough fuel in the tank, we believe, to have covered another hundred miles," said John Taylor.

"When you consider that the vehicle was driven over some of Europe's tallest, fuel-sapping Alpine mountains, and through four hours of torrential rain in Switzerland and and Germany, all at realistic speeds, the fuel efficiency of the Cherokee on this journey is truly remarkable," he added.

The fuel tank was sealed in Italy by the official independent observer, PC Mark Kenwood of the West Midlands Police Force. He tracked the car across Europe and was present when the seal was broken at the end of the journey in Kent. The vehicle was a standard-specification Sport version of the Cherokee and no modifications were made to the car to improve its performance. The consumption figures were achieved using simple fuel-efficient driving techniques.

"We know that because the Cherokee Turbo Diesel is slightly more compact than most other 4 x 4s, its fuel economy and its performance are among the best in class,but the miserly fuel consumption figure achieved by John Taylor is just amazing," said Richard Mackay, Managing Director of Chrysler Jeep Imports UK.

The Jeep Cherokee was introduced to the UK market in January 1993 and proved to be an instant hit with British buyers. Since then, over 16,000 have been sold in the UK. The range starts in price at £17,550 on the road for the 2.5 Sport rising to £24,850 on the road for the Cherokee 4.0 Limited SE. The Cherokee 2.5 Turbo Diesel Sport driven by John Taylor costs £18,750 on the road. It is capable of a top speed of 103 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 13.1 seconds.
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