Afternoon round-up: Revised Cherokee, snow-drive warning, new Mini auto

New Jeep Cherokee teased ahead of Detroit debut

Jeep has teased the 2019 model year of its Cherokee SUV ahead of the vehicle’s debut at the Detroit motor show next month.

Information is thin on the ground at this stage, but the American brand claimed the facelifted SUV will “boast a new, authentic and premium design” along with “fuel-efficient powertrain options.”

The current model is powered by diesel engines in 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre forms with both front and four-wheel drive variants available. The range also includes a 268hp 3.2-litre petrol motor, though this is of less importance to the fleet market.

Fleets need to have health and safety road policies in place, says AA

Breakdown giant the AA has urged fleet managers to ensure employee vehicles are effectively managed with a health and safety road policy.

The call to action comes after the recent spate of bad weather which the AA claimed left many company car drivers stranded.

There is a clear need for businesses to ensure their health and safety policy contains guidance on road safety. In particular, this applies to grey fleets,” said Stuart Thomas, head of fleet at the AA. “This should include guidance on what to do in the event of poor weather conditions. Many company car drivers have been left unsure of their company’s policy, with some still attempting to travel in the snow.”

Mini adds double-clutch gearbox to range

Mini has added a seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox to its range, which is able to order now in conjunction with various engine variants.

New Mini DCT auto gearbox

 

It can be optioned on the three-door hatch, five-door hatch and convertible, with the BMW-owned brand claiming the new ‘box offers improved efficiently compared with the six-speed manual transmission.

According to Mini, the new gearbox “permanently analyses the driver’s intentions and the situation on the road” in order to always have the right gear ready for the next shift which the firm said allows the vehicle to make gear changes, even in the event of sudden acceleration.