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Old 02-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee to replace Liberty

I just hope the Wrangler doesn't go this direction in the future.

Jeep replaces Liberty with an angrier, lumpier Cherokee | Motoramic - Yahoo! Autos

"Following enthusiast site Jalopnik posting clandestine shots of the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep released official shots of the SUV today, showcasing a style that’s a shocking departure from the square-jawed model of the ‘80s.

Originally slated for an unveiling at the New York Auto Show this March, the Cherokee will replace the Liberty, reviving a nameplate that’s been out of use for over 12 years. Featuring two-tiered headlights reminiscent of Nissan Juke and a kinked 7-slot grill, the 2014 Cherokee eschews conventional styling in favor of a fascia that looks like a grimacing Decepticon. It’s built on the same underpinnings as the Alfa Romeo Guilietta, and boasts up to a 45 percent improvement in fuel economy over the Liberty (likely with a selection of either a four-cylinder or a V-6 powerplant).

After the Jeep was revealed online, Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles used Twitter to share a stream of positive reactions; it's certainly the most daring design Jeep has unveiled in decades. But the old Cherokee was beloved by Jeep enthusiasts, and the brand's previous attempts to stretch itself with vehicles such as the Compass and Patriot have fallen short of expectations due in part to their roots in passengers cars. We'll know more about the capabilities of the new SUV in a month, but with a polarizing face like this, the Cherokee will need every technical edge it can get."

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Although important in the history of jeep vehicles, the cherokee isn't the icon the wrangler is for Chrysler. I don't expect it to go the same route. Hopefully it being an American icon also will continue to help. The cherokee is for a different buying demographic in most every way.

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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It is sad to watch the slow death of SUVs.
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There's another thread on this that has conflicting info. A LOT of guys are saying that's the Euro spec Cherokee only and the the North American is nothing like that. I hope they're right
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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That thing is seriously ugly, I hope that is not the NA version. I also hope none of the Engineers that designed this or the GC ever touch the Wrangler.
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The name "Liberty" was only used in North America...it was Cherokee every where else.
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It is sad to watch the slow death of SUVs.
The new trend is to turn them all into "crossover SUVs". It's a shame really.
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Surprised the Italians...the kings of style, came out with that abomination. It's hideous.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:13 AM   #10
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i think it's pretty cool.. if you are comparing it to a wrangler then not so much, but.. its not a wrangler replacement. It's a replacement for your wife's car... At the right price point they'll fly off the lots. I think people still love american (whatever that is) and if Chrysler prices it right they'll get the Hyundai SantaFe, Kia SUV(?), etc crowd interested in an American car. Just my uneducated $.02
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The new trend is to turn them all into "crossover SUVs". It's a shame really.
Thats what sells. Death wobble won't go over well with the regular folk.
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Thats what sells. Death wobble won't go over well with the regular folk.
Good thing we're not regular folk then.
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Good thing we're not regular folk then.
We're not. People like the ones on this forum make up less than 5% of the car market. Granted this is car dependent but overall, that's usually the number. Cars like AMGs, SRT8s are bought more by enthusiasts but generally speaking we are small potatoes. If we were a big portion of the market, the JK would come with a diesel option, a hemi option, etc etc.
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The sad part is the market is dying for a simple tough no frills SUV like the old XJs Hell 84-01 with 0 changes to the basic design its quite a run. Hell if they made it today it would still sell. but too many auto makers are into getting quick sales and not long term fans any more. Whats hot this week isn't what the people want next and they keep leaving loyal buyers behind. About half of the Xterra and FJ owners I know had XJs prior and jumped ship because they felt abandoned by Jeep. The JKU is alright but its no XJ replacement.
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Gross.

I always liked the boxy cherokee, it was the all American SUV that was off-road capable. The simplicity is what made it attractive. These car based cross over abortions are killing the SUV. Leave the cross-overs to KIA and Hyundai.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #16
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I kinda like the looks of it...though I wouldn't trade the Wrangler in on it.
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Reminds me of a smaller version of the Grand Cherokee. Some folks will find it appealing.
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I think it's hideous and absurd to see this thing wearing a Jeep badge. I might as well mod my wife's Nissan Murano with a smashed up Jeep grill... same result. It's no longer a Jeep SUV, it's just another a car-based crossover that resembles all the others from Korea and Japan.

What's worse is that the jackasses at Chrysler are probably going to stick a Trail Rated badge on one of these abominations...

Long live the XJ!
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #19
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I agree about a diesel option. I would buy a Wrangler Unlimited if it had a diesel. I guess I'll keep the 2002 Wrangler sport a while longer!
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #20
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Probably a perfectly valid vehicle for today's market, but I question naming it "Cherokee." If you are going to bring back a nameplate that has some history associated with it, I think you need to evoke the original. Examples - newer Mustangs, Chargers, Challengers, I think they all do a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the model. On the other hand, I thought the new GTO's were pretty lame looking. This, to me, is more like what Pontiac did with the GTO and less like what Ford/Chrysler did with their retro-styled models.

Why not just name it the Jeep Milfwagon or something like that?
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Why not just name it the Jeep Milfwagon or something like that?
I am stealing that name and using it every time I see one of these abominations on the road. Thank you for that!
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It's nice to know the designers of the Pontiac Aztec finally found another job.
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I think it'd be ok as a commuter. It at least looks more interesting (good and bad ways) than a kia or escape.

My wife thinks it looks lake Bane's mask on a jeep from the front.
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I am stealing that name and using it every time I see one of these abominations on the road. Thank you for that!
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Lol anything that resembles the Nissan juke is a huge negative that car is disgusting. I don't understand why people would ever buy such an ugly car.
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It has been bugging me this thing has eight "eyes" in the front, if you count all the lights. Here is a critter that also has that many eyes:
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What's worse is that the jackasses at Chrysler are probably going to stick a Trail Rated badge on one of these abominations...

Long live the XJ!
Last week I was in Auburn Hills for a meeting about this Jeep. Was able to see it, sit in it and learn all about it.

I can't say anything much about it, but once you see what they did to it you might feel differently about the badge.
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It's nice to know the designers of the Pontiac Aztec finally found another job.


I was gonna say the same thing about the Saturn engineers/designers. I'd rather drive a Ford Pinto.
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I was gonna say the same thing about the Saturn engineers/designers. I'd rather drive a Ford Pinto.
Hey they brought back the Dart. Watch what you wish for.
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I can't say anything much about it, but once you see what they did to it you might feel differently about the badge.
Pat, based on what we have heard so far, it's only FWD, or at best AWD... how could either of those configurations ever meet the same off-road standards as a Wrangler or XJ with solid axles and true 4WD? Or even the KJ or KK capabilities?

That said, this mystery off-road setup you're referring to better blow our minds for us to even consider looking beyond its Nissan/Kia/Isuzu appearance...

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