Evolution is the best word to explain the relationship between the Jeep Cherokee 2014 and the vehicles that this futuristic SUV is going to replace, the Jeep Liberty, which ended production in 2012, and the squared Cherokee XJ, which its production was finished in 2001.
Both the Cherokee and the segment of mid-size SUVs, have advanced in conjunction over the past twelve years. Beyond being vehicles designed for light traffic, as the XJ Cherokee or Liberty were originally thought, they are also manufactured these days as rugged SUVs that meet all types of vehicle needs.
Four models available
This is the first Jeep that is designed by Chrysler Group on a Fiat platform. The 2014 Cherokee off-road model will be available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk, and will also be available in 11 different colors.
The Trailhawk version uses advanced electronic transmission technology to pass through almost any terrain that you can find on the road, although sometimes with strangers driving angles due to its independent front and rear suspension.
Unlike the Wrangler, whose solid axes can articulate through uneven terrains, while the body remains more or less steady, the Cherokee bounces and goes up as much as its front and rear independent suspension allows.
But even being with a wheel momentarily in the air, the propulsion system of the Trailhawk provides more than enough traction and adheres to the ground efficiently to cross most obstacles.
Two engines for your choice
Consumers can choose between a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder in line engine with Fiat MultiAir II technology, variable valve timing and an optional 3.2-liter V6 engine. The four-cylinder produces 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 delivers 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque.
The FWD models with 2.4L engine have a fuel efficiency of 22 MPG within the city, 31 MPG on highway and 25 MPG combined, while the same Cherokee with the 3.2-liter V6 engine has a yield of 19 in the city, 28 in highway and 22 combined. Its miles range per full gas tank with capacity of 15.8 gallon, is up to 490 miles according to the firm.
The five-passenger Cherokee 2014 is a very complete SUV. It comes with two new engines, new front wheel drive, 9-speed automatic transmission and a new transmission system that comes in four different configurations in its four trim levels.
Nine speed automatic transmission
All models in the U.S. come with a 9-speed automatic transmission designed by ZF Friedrichshafen. A manual transmission will be available only on models sold overseas.
In the video you can watch it live. This review was made by Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com at the New York International Auto Show.
The front row seats are comfortable and good support. Although the back row of seats is comfortable, it might seem a bit tight for tall people, like the previous generation of the Cherokee or the Liberty.
The rear cargo area has nearly 50 cubic feet. A cargo management system is optional, but a shelf with hooks is standard.
Full of improvements
The new Cherokee is quieter, more powerful, more efficient, more technologically advanced and more luxurious than the last Cherokee or Jeep Liberty that it replaced.
The Jeep Cherokee is manufactured since 1974, when it was part of American Motors.
This new 2014 model joins the segment of the full-size SUVs.
Its price range from $22,995 for the Sport 4x2 FWD (Front Wheel Drive) model which is the cheapest one, to $29,995 for the Limited 4x4 model which is the more expensive and better equipped.