The cult classic Jeep Cherokee went to that big parking garage in the sky in 2001, only popping up in China in the forms of knock-offs and the later XJ. Now, the 2014 Cherokee is completely redesigned and ready for the domestic market.
Yes, you heard us. The Jeep Cherokee is back.
The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee was spotted coming off the assembly line by Gawker auto offshoot Jalopnik (article here). Not surprisingly, the article was barraged with numerous “fake” and “totally fake” comments – even Chrysler denied the photographs authenticity on twitter. However, it turns out the auto gossip site was right.
Chrysler recently released a short press release on its site, reintroducing the public to a very different Cherokee. The mean looking, six-eyed Jeep is slated to replace its original successor, the Jeep Liberty. We should expect “45 percent better fuel economy” and improved “on-road driving dynamics” as some improvements over the outgoing Liberty, according to Chrysler. Likely competitors include the Kia Sorento, the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Nissan Rogue.
The reintroduction of the Cherokee follows the overwhelming critical success of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The new Cherokee takes some design notes from its big brother, featuring a heftier body and stylized, sweptback headlights.
The Jeep Cherokee will make its official debut at the New York Auto Show in March.