"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."
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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...