After images of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee were leaked, Chrysler Group had no choice but to make an official announcement about the Jeep Liberty’s replacement and confirm its name. Chrysler would have preferred to make the grand revelation next month at the New York auto show. Information had been leaked through auto enthusiast Web sites earlier that day.
The site Jalopnik released images of several 2014 Cherokees that were shot during pre-production at the Toledo North Assembly plant. Chrysler reacted by providing four official photos of this model and by unveiling the name.
It also announced that the model will start to arrive in dealerships during the third quarter. In a previous report by Automotive News, we learned that powering the Cherokee is a 3.2-liter V-6 engine based on Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. It also gets an all-new 9-speed front-wheel-drive automatic transmission that ZF Friedrichshafen designed.
Production of the Cherokee is set to start this May. So far, the responses online to the online images don’t indicate that many were impressed. Ralph Gilles, Chrysler's head of design, replied to a Jeep fan who was dismayed with its design. Gilles tweeted to fans to “have faith” as the brand is “shifting some paradigms around.”
The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts of dynamic power delivery well balanced with outstanding fuel economy. Featuring two engines and a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, the new Cherokee is over 45 percent more efficient than its predecessor. When translated into more convincing figures, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts of expected highway fuel economy ratings of up to 31 mpg as well as a driving range that’s nearly 500 miles.
Standard in all models of the new Cherokee, Chrysler Group's new 948TE nine-speed automatic gearbox is designed to provide an array of advantages customers will surely welcome. Compared to a six-speed automatic transmission, this new 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission allows for enhanced fuel efficiency, a more spirited acceleration from standstill and smoother power delivery at highway speeds.
As standard, the new Jeep Cherokee is powered by Chrysler Group's 2.4-liter 16-valve Tigershark MultiAir 2 I-4 engine that delivers 184 hp of max output and 171 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Despite this amount of power, the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine is still able to cough up an estimated fuel economy rating of 31 mpg highway, which is 45-percent better than its predecessor. In addition, a tank of gasoline allows the new Jeep Cherokee to travel nearly 500 miles before needing to refuel again.