The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee brings back one of Jeep’s hallowed nameplates. In fact, this one actually dates back close to four decades ago. However, the Chrysler Automotive Group’s new crossover vehicle look a lot like it would better be suited as the Italian cousin to Alfa Romeo product stable.
The latest and greatest of the Jeep Cherokee’s is a fourth generation vehicle. It is the first of its kind since 1974. The newest version of the Jeep Cherokee made its public showing debut during New York International Auto Show. The Jeep Cherokee will hit car dealerships in the latter part of the summer of 2013.
However, with that said, it is the racy design of this new Jeep that has been stirring up quit a social media storm. This holds especially true with Jeep loyalists. The first photos of the racy car design were revealed in the latter part of February.
Many Jeep fans took to social media to showcase their feelings for the new design. One said “It is sexy, looks tough and is gonna kick some butt! Thanks, Jeep, for keeping it fresh and relevant.”
Ralph Gilles, the executive at Chrysler, says that time will tell when it comes to responding to critics. One critic states on social media, “American variant of Nissan Juke, unfortunately…No more tough n rough.”
The first Jeep Cherokee was manufactured from 1974 to 1983 and was the baby of American Motors. This original design was built as the companion to the Jeep Wagoneer. In 1984, Jeep came out with a smaller version of the Jeep Cherokee. This Cherokee had a more squarish look to it but this model was put to rest in 2001. The model was manufactured by American Motors but was acquired by Chrysler two years later. After it was retired, it was replaced by the Jeep Liberty.
This fun new Jeep has a bit of a sloped nose, seven-slot grille and stacked headlamps. Sections of the Toledo, Ohio plant where the new jeep is being built date back to 1901. Chrysler is funding 1.7 billion into the Toledo, Ohio plant. This plant once housed the original Jeep owner, Willys-Overland. Read the full design review at Sport Durst site.
This new 2014 model will be the very first crossover that will utilize Chrysler’s newest nine speed automatic transmission. Buyers will be able to make their choice from three 4WD systems and two different engine choices. One engine will have 184 horsepower with a 2.4 liter four cylinder while the other will have 271 ponies with a 3.2 six cylinder.
The new and improved 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be available in four versions: Limited, Trail Hawk, Latitude and Sport.