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Jeep Cherokee Returns For 2014

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Jeep has revived its lauded Cherokee nameplate after more than a decade, with the new generation of the popular mid-size SUV set to be launched on the market in the third quarter of the year following a debut in New York late next month.

In line with the times, the new Jeep Cherokee adopts the Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform already used in a number of Fiat and Chrysler vehicles including the Dodge Dart and Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback sold overseas.

Despite this switch to a car-based platform, Jeep promises its latest Cherokee, which arrives as a 2014 model, will offer best-in-class capability (expect it to be Trail-Rated) along with many other improvements inherent to riding on such a platform.

For starters, the new Cherokee is said to deliver fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus the model it replaces, the Liberty, which in its final model year returned 16/22 mpg city/highway and 18 mpg combined.

In addition to improved economy, the new Cherokee should also offer improved road dynamics.

Power is expected to come from a V-6 engine, which could be mated to a nine-speed (yes, nine-speed) automatic transmission and send drive to either the front or all four wheels.

Jeep plans to release more information closer to the vehicle’s debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show at the end of next month, so stay tuned for an update.
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  1. Front end looks cheap. A bunch of parts that don’t work together. What’s with those squinty headlights? Overall, this “Jeep" looks too car-like, like a Hyundai wagon.
     
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  2. Reminds me of the Nissan Juke, with a "guess which lights are the headlights" look. Overall it may take some adjustment to the modernized look, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it in the flesh.
     
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  3. Can you spell UGLY? This thing looks a lot like that Nissan Joke that should be in a comic strip. Personally, I'd never own a jeep as I've driven borrowed and rental ones over the years. They are very poorly made, noisy, and uncomfortable to be in for any lengths of time. As far as "trail-rated?" Yeah, that made me laugh after seeing this photo. A nine speed tranny sounds good - I wish my 4Runner had another gear or two - but I'll bet they have reliability problems when they first come out.
     
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  4. My brother traded in his Grand Cherokee last year. It only had 175,000 miles on it. What did he get.....a new Grand Cherokee. I went on a 600 mile road trip with him and it road great.
     
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  5. I like the modern look. Jeep has finally joined the 21st century.
     
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  6. Jeep + Juke = Jupe.......
     
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  7. Finally new Cherokee is coming.. I think new design and engine optimization is perfect. Yes, price is a little bit high but Jeep quality always deserve that.
     
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  8. I'm guessing that they weren't really going for the "bat face" theme on the front-end? Not exactly sure I understand the need for yet another car-based crossover from Jeep. The Cherokee name is more associated with utility and toughness, and this looks more suited for hauling groceries and kids over a few speed bumps. That market is already saturated.
     
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