2015 Jeep Cherokee Now Comes Standard with Fuel-Saving Technology

In addition to the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will now come standard with Engine-Stop Start (ESS), fuel-saving equipment designed to boost fuel-economy by up to three percent.

Mike Duhaime, Global Director of Electrified Powertrain Propulsion Systems at Chrysler, emphasized the estimated three percent C02 emissions-reduction when discussing the innovation of ESS. 

"We're taking highly efficient engines and upping the ante to further benefit our customers," said Duhaime. "ESS leverages intricate control strategies to deliver a superior driving experience, as well as the expected fuel-savings and emissions-reduction."

ESS increases your vehicle's efficiency without compromising performance. It enables the engine to monitor vehicle speed, so that when the brake is applied and the vehicle comes to a complete stop, fuel flow to the engine is cut. Even with the engine turned off, batteries sustain the in-cabin systems, leaving the occupants unaffected. Once the driver has released the brake pedal, within the span of 0.3 seconds the engine restarts and the high-tech automatic transmission is engaged.

Rather than settling for more conventional vehicle-engine pairings, Jeep Cherokee owners can take advantage of the available 3.2-liter Pentastar V6, while Chrysler 200 owners now have the option of selecting the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4. These engines, which are scheduled to be made available later this year, are built to accommodate the significant fuel-economy improvements of ESS.

Owners of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200 can also choose to deactivate ESS with the simple push of a button, but the lowered fuel consumption and improved overall performance are significant benefits that few Chrysler owners can turn down.

Now that this latest innovation in fuel-saving technology has been made available for these specific Chrysler models, customers will be hard-pressed to find a better alternative when it comes to vehicles that offer a dynamic driving experience.