The new Jeep Cherokee that will be presented for the first time in April at the New York Motor Show was shown for the first time. Let us say that it looks highly unusual, not to say strange.
While all of the technical details of the new Cherokee will be announced at the New York Show, if not after it, the new model doesn’t disclose any of them when you first look at this Jeep. Hell, it doesn’t even look like one of the Jeep family members, and if not for the traditional square wheel arches and seven slots in the front grille you wouldn’t believe that you look at the Cherokee.
The innovative thing in this one’s design is the fact that this model will be built using the Compact U.S. Wide platform, the same one that is used for the Dodge Dart’s production. This will make the new Cherokee equipped with all wheels McPherson type suspension resulting in greater and safer handling. The beginning of the new Cherokee’s sales is planned for the third quarter of 2013.
The redesigned Cherokee will replace the Liberty nameplate in the U.S. market, as well as in the international market. This series will be manufactured in Ohio at the Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Plant. The new Cherokee is expected to set a new standard for its segment, showing its incredible best-in-class capability, fuel economy level and exceptional on-road driving dynamics. The economy improvements of this series may be even more extreme than the exterior design of the car, the level of fuel efficiency is 45 percent higher than all of the existent SUV models had.
The rumors about Cherokee replacing the Liberty model were going on for about a year. Chrysler officially presented the new model’s photos hours after they were published at the Jalopnik.com website. This may be considered the official statement of the Company. Last time Chrysler sold Cherokees more than ten years ago, in 2000. Seems like it’s time to go back and return the most loved and sold vehicle of the entire company’s history. And by the way, Jeep just beat its annual sales record with the number of 701,626 units sold in the previous year.