The 2014 Jeep Cherokee – a replacement for the Jeep Liberty – has been revealed ahead of a debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show in April.
So when Jalopnik published some less than good looking photos of the new Jeep Cherokee yesterday, the PR machine at Jeep went in to overdrive to bring forward the release of official photos of the new Cherokee, to hopefully stem the less than flattering comments on the new Cherokee’s looks.
So here we have Jeep’s new, smaller SUV come crossover in all its glory. And actually, it looks pretty good to our eyes. Yes, the nose is a bit challenging, but it still says ‘Jeep’ and its ‘ugly is the new appealing’ look follows the lead of cars like Nissan’s Juke.
The 2014 Cherokee is a replacement for the Jeep Liberty (although, just to confuse the issue, it was always called the Jeep Cherokee this side of the Pond) and is underpinned by Chrysler’s Compact US Wide (CUSW) Platform, the same platform that underpins the Alfa Giulietta.
That means the new Cherokee is going to come with FWD as standard – although it seems certain four wheel drive will be an option – and will probably get the option of a 2.4 litre 4-pot and 3.2 litre V6 in the Land of the Free, but on the old continent we can expect Chrysler to fit the new Cherokee with the option of a pair of diesels; perhaps the 3.0 litre from the new Grand Cherokee but a smaller diesel option as the standard offering.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show in April, by which time we should have more details.