Chrysler delays 2014 Cherokee media drive to September 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on July 31, 2013

Chrysler Group has postponed a planned media drive of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee that was set between Aug. 8 and 14, 2013 in Seattle due to further tweaks in the vehicle’s powertrain, according to an e-mail from the carmaker sent to Automotive News. The media drive would now occur at least on the first half of September.

Chrysler said that over the last few weeks during final quality and durability testing, they have discovered the “opportunity to further improve powertrain calibration" in the Cherokee. Chrysler, however, vowed to have the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in showrooms in September. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which replaces the Jeep Liberty, is the first Jeep-brand unit underpinned by a Fiat platform.

The Cherokee will also be the first vehicle to use a 9-speed automatic transmission that Chrysler has developed with ZF Friedrichshafen.

2014 Jeep Cherokee will be powered by either a re-engineered 2.4-liter I-4 engine, or a new 3.2-liter V-6 engine. Chrysler initially scheduled to commence output of the Cherokee in May 23, 2013.

However, the vehicle’s production actually commenced on June 24 at Chrysler’s Toledo assembly complex, Jeep brand head Mike Manley disclosed in late June. According to Manley, they would not ship the Cherokee to dealers until they were confident that there were no problems.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV premieres a fresh exterior built for the future with an international appeal. Its designers were challenged to build a car that propels Jeep into the future with an efficient structure that retains the Jeep’s DNA and trademark design. The brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is an SUV that is highly-efficient and versatile – able to perform in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions.

Its fluid, sleek exterior lines accentuate the methodical, wind-splitting upper body of the Cherokee. The robust, protective lower body exudes the world-renowned performance that is the trademark of every Jeep.

2014 Jeep Cherokee has an exquisite poise, an assertive wheel-to-body size that makes it the king of the road. The audacious approach and departure angles provide best-in-class capability.

Its first key feature in the front of the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the trademark peaked, seven-slotted grille that incorporates a firm, horizontal snap – a feature found in many classic Jeep vehicles. The hood is well-defined and detached from the front fenders in a trendy twist of Jeep tradition. The one-piece hood and grille assembly guarantees a definite build.

Cutting-edge LED lighting technology is utilized throughout the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting highlights a distinct daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that performs a commanding role in the newest front-end proportion, providing the impression that the headlamps are slim.

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