Jeep brand was planning to debut their new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV at the New York Auto Show, but leaked photos taken without authorization in the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, caused Jeep to post some actual pictures on their media website as of Feb. 24.
The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is slated to be replacing the Liberty in 2014 - available in third quarter 2013.
Jeep Cherokee, discontinued in and replaced by the Liberty in 2001, has been missed by Jeep enthusiasts who have generally not been pleased with the Jeep Liberty for a number of reasons including its not to distinctive look and similarity to the the Jeep Patriot.
We do not have any mechanical or other detail about the new 2014 Cherokee as yet, but understand it to be uniquely different inside, outside and underneath.
The only information that has been available from Jeep was contained in their announcement of the debut at the New York Auto Show where they said that is was a going to be “no-compromise” in setting a new standard with even more best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy of more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model.
Looking at the pictures that were released by Jeep, we see a more refined and sleek look that speaks more to its European design origins than some Jeep enthusiasts might be comfortable with.
But, frankly, it has a lot of resemblance, in our view, to the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is coming to market in late 2013 and is already receiving rave reviews for its styling, amenities, capability and fuel economy.
Understanding that this Jeep was designed for and intended to be distributed to a global market, we note it retains the classic seven-slot grille while giving a more European touch to the hood line and headlamp design while appearing to have a similar silhouette to the new 2014 Grand Cherokee.
We fully expect that this new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will fulfill all of the heritage Jeep functions of hauling people and their gear everywhere they want to go in the world, but now with just a touch of European flair in a Jeep built in the U.S.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, and will arrive in dealer showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
For now, we will have to wait for the New York Auto Show and the media reveal at the end of March to get the rest of the story on the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.