In 2014, the Jeep Liberty compact SUV will be discontinued. Taking its place as the small, fuel efficient and fun offering from Jeep is the brand new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The new name carries with it, the prestige that goes along with one of the most capable and versatile SUVs to ever hit the road. This is definitely a big move for Jeep, bringing back an old and highly revered nameplate on a new and radically designed vehicle is bound to generate a lot of buzz.
Jeep claims that the new Cherokee (not to be confused with the Jeep Grand Cherokee) will feature best-in-class off-road capability, outstanding road manners and driving dynamics, at a 45% improvement in fuel economy compared to the Patriot! Even if it weren’t for the drastic new styling, this SUV would be big news.
Speaking of styling, the design is a radical departure from the traditional Jeep look. Ralph Giles, CEO of SRT even referred to the new design as a “Paradigm Shift.” The new Cherokee uses a lot of the traditional Jeep cues while helping the brand step into the next era of design. The traditional seven-slat grille has been mimicked by seven, individual air-inlets on the front of the hood. Jeeps traditional “boxy” design has been carried through into the wheel arches, allowing for what looks like excellent suspension travel. However, new features predominate in the Cherokees looks. Most obvious is a split-headlight treatment, not unlike the Nissan Juke’s. The entire design is much smoother and more aerodynamic looking with a dynamic beltline that drops up front and slowly kicks back upward.
What do you think of the new Cherokee? Stop by Cumberland Chrysler in Cookeville, TN and let us know what you think or let one of our sales associates answer your questions.