2014 Jeep Cherokee: New Design Draws Criticism

12331995-largeJalopnik managed a fast one the other week when they got their hands on leaked photos of the upcoming 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Originally planned to not be unveiled until the New York Auto Show; the website forced Jeep’s hand in releasing more detailed information about the new vehicle before the debut.  A few shots of the new design made headlines across the auto-blogs and really got people talking.  The most obvious, and most commented on, was the new design.  Such a vast departure from the norm was going to get people’s attention, but it’s a question now of if it was too much.

Forbes breaks down the response so far to the reveal.  “The evolution from the old, boxy Cherokee to the current Liberty and now to this has been pretty stunning in terms of the shape-shifting that we’ve seen, “says Mike Wall who is an auto analyst with HIS Automotive.

The Cherokee is being pulled out of retirement to replace the lagging Liberty.  The Jeep Liberty had done the same back in 2002.  This new Cherokee still includes the trademark Jeep designs such as a seven vertical slat grille, but it stops there.

The lights, for example, have a wholly different look than Jeep fans are accustomed to.   In fact, it may cause drivers that typically drive Jeep to shy away.  This might be the plan.  Hardcore Jeep drivers have already found the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee to be their preference.  The 2014 Cherokee with a new look may be a play to attract a new breed of Jeep drivers who are looking for something different.

Until more information is released, all that really remains is scrutiny over the little information available.  The pictures certainly paint a picture, but it’s just a segment.  Trying to put together the entire piece right now just seems wrong with so much mystery.

What are your thoughts on the new design?

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2014 Jeep Cherokee is Official!

2014 Jeep Cherokee - 01 The folks over at Jalopnik are bragging at the moment for breaking the news on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Earlier today, they put out some behind the scenes leaks of the upcoming new version of the Jeep.  Since then, Jeep has confirmed that they indeed did get a scoop.

The original big unveiling date was scheduled, or at least being hinted at, for the upcoming New York Auto Show.  Jalopnik pushed up that official release date and forced their hand with releasing the first official photos.  Everyone else is jumping on the band wagon to give their two cents at the new design.

2014 Jeep Cherokee - 02The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a new vision for the future.  This new exterior will certainly divide fans.  Jalopnik is a fan of it.  Autoblog thinks it’s going to be one of the most polarizing designs in 2014.  It’s certainly a departure with a crimped-back seven-slot grille.  The writer goes as far as to say it’s “got the makings of a design revolution.”

What do you think?  Do you like the new direction Jeep is going with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee?

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See If You Can Spot the Jeep Easter Eggs

UntitledQuick question for Jeep lovers. How closely have you looked at your Jeep? Think about it for a second. The reason I’m asking is that you might have missed something. A detail that was put in that one the most dedicated fans would not only find, but appreciate.

The Toledo Blade has done a little digging into the ‘easter eggs’ that the Jeep has been putting on their vehicles. They are tributes to the original Willys model from 60 some years ago.

Take a gander at the windshield of the Jeep Wrangler, for example. There’s a decal of the infamous front four rimmed grille honoring the legacy of the Jeep from World War 2. More of them are littered on various places.

It’s not just the Wrangler that has easter eggs. On the new 2013 model of the Wrangler Sahara and Rubicons, there’s a small Willys Jeep silhouette. The purpose is to mark the 10th anniversary of the Wrangler Rubicon. That same silhouette will be tucked away in the headlamp assembly of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to Ralph Gilles, VP for product design at Chrysler, the practice began a few years ago. “It’s something that started three or four years ago and it’s really taken off. Now I have to almost control it. They can get out of hand. But (designers) are so proud of what they work on, they really are. It’s almost like actively trying to leave a legacy for the next generation.”

Take a second look at your Jeep, see if there is something there that you didn’t notice before. Never know what you might find if you look for it.

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