Initially, the new Jeep Cherokee will be available with a choice of two 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines, with power outputs either 138bhp or 168bhp.

The more powerful diesel unit is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which is a first for the mid-size SUV segment.

Customers can choose from four trim levels: Longitude, Longitude+, Limited and Trailhawk, with the first three able to be specified with either diesel engine and in two- or four-wheel-drive.

The flagship and more off-road-focused Trailhawk version is fitted with a 3.2-litre petrol engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. This version of the new Cherokee will be available to special order from the end of the year.

Jeep says that the new Cherokee is one of the cleanest cars in its class, thanks to the lightweight materials used and the efficiency of the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine.

The front-wheel-drive 138bhp variant returns claimed average fuel economy of 53.3mpg, while emitting just 139g/km.

One of the technological highlights of the new Cherokee range is the fuel efficiency Jeep Active Drive I four-wheel-drive system. This automatically switches between front- and all-wheel-drive when required.

On the inside, the model further benefits from a host of standard kit. All new Cherokee models receive dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control and parking sensors as standard.

Customers are also able to choose from a five-inch colour touch-screen for the Uconnect media system or an 8.4-inch display, which is a first for this class.

The new Jeep Cherokee range is priced from £25,495, with the range-topping versions costing from £35,695.