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.
The exterior of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee displays a design that is way ahead of its time and comes with that global appeal. In creating this new model, the designers wanted it to have a shape that would move the brand forward to the future. The shape needed to be efficient but not at the expense of the design heritage or any of the brand’s DNA.
As such, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee not only has a capable and efficient appearance but is in fact efficient and capable, no matter the trail, weather, and on-road conditions. Aside from having a powerful stance, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee also has an impressive road presence while revealing wheel-to-body proportion that is truly aggressive. In order to have capability that is the best in the class, the brand utilized departure angles and mixed in an aggressive approach.
Looking at this latest offering from the brand, one important feature is the front section, particularly the waterfall hood which includes the well-known seven-slotted peaked grille. Like many of the classic Jeep models, the grille has that horizontal crisp snap.
Further, the hood is not just clearly defined but is separated from the fenders in the front, giving the Jeep tradition that modern twist. Having the one-piece hood and the grille assembly guarantees a precise build. The exterior of the new Cherokee has lines that are sleek and fluid, allowing it to highlight the wind-splitting, efficient upper body. Its protective lower body meanwhile is rugged which expresses the legendary capability that Jeep models are known for.