|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.
[Edited 2013-02-22 19:59:27]