Posted Mar 24th 2013 2:11PM
Among automobiles, Cherokee name has a lot of history and the equity of the brand. For almost 20 years, Cherokee brought to a certain market share, such as functional for Jeep, Jeep here showing simple rectangular design is growing old but never looked behind from the others.
Now as Jeep launches its next-generation SUV well in advance of its New York auto show debut, the company is dusting off — and redefining — the Cherokee for North America. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited replaces the Liberty midsize SUV and, finally, the U.S.-spec version’s badges will match those of the European model.
We won’t be surprised either when it is announced the Cherokee will also have the 2.4-liter TigerShark four-cylinder and possibly 3.0-liter diesel for Europe on the options list. Fuel economy improvement will be more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model (aka Liberty).
Jeep hot-sellers will refresh the mid-cycle models thoroughly to 2014 with 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, the new eight-speed automatic transmission, revised front and rear fascias, and refurbished interiors. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets an available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 produced by VM Motori (co-owned by Fiat and GM). The engine will produce 240 hp, 420 lb-ft or torque, while achieving 30 mpg highway (good for a 720-mile range). The new diesel, rated to tow 7400 pounds, uses urea after-treatment and a diesel particulate filter to meet emissions standards. It’ll go on sale in March in Summit and Overland trims.
Interior and Exterior
A console-mounted 8.4-inch and cluster-mounted 7.0-inch screens and next-gen Uconnect telematics are offered in the new interior. Exterior tweaks include slimmer-line headlights with LED running lights and light-piped LED taillights. The face of the Cherokee features–like light arrangement, with LED running lamps and turn signals arrayed up top and the headlights embedded in separate pods below, and then there’s a sharp crease running directly through that iconic grille.
Summit models are further distinguished by swathes of chrome on the fascias and rocker-panels, mirror caps, and the ring around all the side windows. Polished 20-inch wheels are included, and the receiver hitch is concealed behind a removable panel. The SRT’s spoiler also makes an appearance on the Summit. The new eight-speed automatic helps give the Grand Cherokee a 44.1:1 low-range crawl ratio.
Jeep to sales price information 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited will be announced in launch 2013 next month.