Launches of new vehicles are often hindered by glitches that need to be ironed out. However, the invisibility of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has people wondering why Chrysler is keeping them under wraps after announcing plans for the remodeled SUVs in February. In fact there are only 9 Jeep Cherokees currently listed as “in-transit” to dealerships, despite the fact that Chrysler has reported completing a total 18,849 vehicles at its Toledo plant between July and the first of this month.
While consumers may be wondering why they are not in showrooms across the country, many car experts are questioning whether the delay is tied into a need to re-calibrate the vehicles new 9-speed transmission and two new powertrains, based on a statement from the company vowing that “it would not let buyers have a half-baked SUV.”
Although manufactured at Chrysler’s own Indiana facility, the transmissions were designed by German company ZF, and expected to be used in numerous Chrysler front-wheel-drive vehicles to maximize fuel efficiency. It should also be noted that the 2014 Jeep Cherokees also come with the option of a 4-wheel drive off-road capability powered by “trick pieces like a locking rear differential that needs to operate seamlessly with software controls.” It should also be noted that the electronics are based on the same platform used by Fiat.