Chrysler Group is expected to commence in the next 10 days the rolling out of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee to dealerships across the United States, after nearly two months of delay, sources told Automotive News. Chrysler is sending the Cherokees from its Toledo assembly complex to an automotive testing center 15 miles away for a tedious validation process.
Chrysler had decided to postpone the delivery of the Jeep Cherokee sports utility vehicle while it developed and installed new software to smooth out the interaction between the engine, nine-speed transmission and disconnecting drivetrain.
To ensure that the powertrain is working as intended, Chrysler has been test driving each Cherokee before releasing it for delivery – a validation process considered unusual in the industry.
The news of finally being able to get the new Jeep Cherokee was much welcomed by Chrysler’s dealers. Josh Towbin, co-owner of Towbin Automotive that operates a pair of Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram stores in Las Vegas, told Automotive News that the demand for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been good, adding that they been receiving daily inquiries on when the new SUV will arrive.
“We're going to take every one we can get,” he said. Dealers, however, started seeing changes in the status of their Cherokees last week, a signal that the new SUVs were on the way.