stasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3266 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Chrysler unveiled the brand new Jeep Cherokee yesterday, providing the above official Jeep photo. The new Cherokee replaces the existing Jeep Liberty and will be built at the Toledo (Ohio) Assembly "North" plant. The Cherokee is scheduled to go into production in May.
The automaker released few technical details today in revealing the name, but said the Cherokee will begin arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of 2013. The styling of the new Cherokee has definitely received mixed reviews from the press. I personally think that it's fresh and appealing, as opposed to the traditional boxy styling of most recent Jeeps. Some people have said the front styling reminds them of the Nissan Juke, which I think is rather harsh! The platform is based on a revised version of the Dodge Dart (nee Alfa Romeo) architecture, and will be sold in both front-wheel drive and all wheel drive version (like the current Jeep Patriot/Compass),
Cherokee will be powered by a 3.2-liter V-6 engine based on Chrysler's excellent 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, as well as an all-new 9-speed front-wheel-drive automatic transmission. The new Cherokee will be an international product, and is to be sold in Europe (through Fiat dealerships) and Asia as well as North America. The new-generation Cherokee will also offer a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine from the Dodge Dart, and a 1.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder Fiat 500 Abarth derived engine (mainly for international models). The 3,0 liter VM diesel motor recently introduced in other Jeep models is a likely option in the Cherokee in all markets.
There are other new Jeep models waiting in the wings. Chrysler management has said to the auto press that it will re-introduce the top of the line Jeep Wagoneer as a luxury model - a lower priced version of the Range Rover is how it was described.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 14311 posts, RR: 26 Reply 2, posted (2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 1): For those interested there are around 250 photos on Edmunds.
That's the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be a different model than the Cherokee. They'll share some parts but be a separate model like they were during the 1990s.
Quoting stasisLAX (Thread starter): Chrysler management has said to the auto press that it will re-introduce the top of the line Jeep Wagoneer as a luxury model - a lower priced version of the Range Rover is how it was described.
Makes sense as a competitor with the Escalade and Navigator and replacement for the Chrysler Aspen.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
More like the Murano with a scaled down Hummer grill, while trying to sort of copy a Land Rover Evoque and failing miserably. They are getting uglier and uglier each generation
Be interesting to see how it does in the rough stuff and towing.
kiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5281 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 8): Yet another traditional 4x4 getting the crossover butchery. God I wish this car based crossover trend would die already!
It's not going to end, it makes them cheaper to build if they are twined with a car, since the motoring manufacturers know the vast majority of SUV owners never do any off-roading at all why build a car to do that when it's not required by most owners.
nws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 781 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
Quoting flightsimer (Reply 4): I can't stand how every single car manufacturer is trying to make everything a crossover. Current liberty look so much better!
Agreed! I drive a 2011 Jeep Liberty and I bought it specifically because it was NOT a crossover but a true SUV. Jeep already has the Patriot and Compass for the crossover market, why did they turn the Liberty into one as well?
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 7428 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1834 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 17): Although I do like the front grill but that's about it.
I HATE that odd shaped side window!
Really? Would have figured this was right in your arena Superfly. You usually stick up for the bizarre American designs. And your knowledge is always amazing!
Yeah, the front lights were classic on the Cherokee. I think they majorly screwed up not maintaining their iconic image. Just the grille configuration.
Fun fact: The "XJ" Cherokee was an AMC design from the 1980s. In 1993, the Grand Cherokee "ZJ" was released by Chrysler as a replacement for the XJ. But the XJ kept selling so well, they didn't shut the line down for 7 more years.
nws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 781 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
Quoting kiwirob (Reply 14): How often do you use the Liberty's full off-road potential?
2-3 times a month. However, I will admit that is abnormal. These vehicles are typically used as grocery-getters and mall-crawlers and the only off road situations they deal with are snow and dirt roads.
GSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 351 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
The original Cherokee was an inexpensive, no-frills, capable 4X4 SUV.
I don't know what the Hell that thing is in the original post. Front Wheel Drive based? 4 Cylinder engine? I didn't even see a mention of optional 4-wheel drive. That shouldn't even be called a Jeep, let alone a Cherokee. Looks like just a next generation compass.
Quoting Flighty (Reply 18): Yeah, the front lights were classic on the Cherokee. I think they majorly screwed up not maintaining their iconic image. Just the grille configuration.
JJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1617 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1520 times:
Quoting kiwirob (Reply 9): Which probably means it will be badged as a FIAT, it will be interesting to see what the front will look like with FIAT styling.
Which would be stupid, as Jeep is a brand with a better image than Fiat.... not to mention that Lancia/Jeep dealers (former Chrysler/Jeep/Cadillac) are already there.
It might be that there's both a Fiat and a Jeep version, so that Fiat finally gets a player in the SUV/CUV/whatever new acronym off-road-looking-vehicles-that-can't-go-off-road are known now (other than the rather small Sedici/Suzuki SX4).
25 Superfly: SX4? Now THAT Was a sweet off-road car capable of just about anything. A pony car that could go off road. Not sure about that plastic & rubber-du
26 Aesma: Yeah, I just saw a Cherokee SRT8 yesterday in Paris, I could not see this as a Fiat.
27 kiwirob: There is already a Fiat SUV the Freemont, a badge engineered Journey. The Sedici was discontinued and will be replaced by the 500X
28 JJJ: The Freemont is a minivan, not even optional AWD can change that.
29 kiwirob: Not really, the Dodge Journey is marketed in the US as a mid size crossover SUV, in European terms I believe it's more Mitsubishi Outlander than VW T
30 darksnowynight: Good lord, they really need to knock it off with increasing the number of gears. I understand that this helps gear ratios, but so does a CVT and with
31 zippyjet: Wasn't the Jeep Cherokee just re-styled with a lot of fanfare? And the basic Jeep becoming a front driver? Now isn't 4 wheel drive an option on them l
32 Polot: You are thinking of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This is the Jeep Liberty replacement, which has looked basically the same since 2007.
33 JJJ: It's sold and classified here as a minivan, and shows up in statistics right next to the other minivans. the Ssangyong Rodius is also based on a SUV
34 kiwirob: That's probably why its sales aren'æt too impressive, it's not an MPV, it was never intended to be an MPV, it's an SUV with 3 rows of seats, like th
35 PHLBOS: Sorry, but while it may be classified as a minivan per your posted-link; in reality, it is not. Case and point: in the North American market, Dodge's
36 zippyjet: SUV's and Crossovers are not my cup of tea. I do know many other car makers feature standard models with dreck wheel drive meaning without the 4 whee
37 kiwirob: Please inform us which FWD versions of an AWD vehicle meet this criteria.
38 Superfly: Same here but I do like the Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Flex - with woodgrain side panels. Would I ever buy one? Probably not.
39 flightsimer: A big thing your forgetting about minivans... the sliding doors vs the swing doors. To me, if it it doesn't slide, it's not a van.
40 Dreadnought: The Compass/Patriot are throwaway models. Nobody cares about them. The Cherokee and especially the Grand Cherokee, is their flagship vehicle. Basing
41 PHLBOS: Many full-size vans in the U.S. only have swing doors (though dual-swing and they used to offer sliding doors way back when). Since your 2nd sentence
42 Flighty: If the above 2014 Cherokee had a traditional looking front, traditional fans would love it. I think it is mostly about sheetmetal. The original Chero
43 Dreadnought: Don't get me wrong - the 80s Cherokee was crap (the 70s models were cool). But they've spent the last 20 years getting it pretty much right, and you
44 PHLBOS: And I agree with you 100%. My earlier response was a counter-reply to flightsimer's earlier comment, see repost below: IMHO, your Not a perfect defin
45 Polot: The Cherokee of the 90s was largely the same as the 80s. My family had one (a 1999 model) for 11 years, which was my daily driver for 4. I loved the