Jeep Is Bringing the All-New Jeep Cherokee to China

2014 Jeep Cherokee - 01The new Jeep Cherokee is not resting on its laurels after debuting at the New York Auto Show.  It’s packing its bags and flying overseas to impress a growing global market.  China is becoming a major player in SUV sales and Jeep is looking to really make their mark there.

It helps that China is already a big fan of Jeep’s product.  The brand sales in 2012 were record setting.  Jeep more than doubled the prior year’s results.  The stand-out seller was the Jeep Compass.

Mike Manley, President and CEO of Jeep Brand, was speaking at the Shanghai Auto Show over the weekend and said that he believed the new Cherokee will have an easy time breaking into the Chinese market.  “Jeep is our global brand and, since its inception, the all-new Jeep Cherokee was conceived and developed not only for our home market of the U.S. but also for world markets.”

The Cherokee is expected in Chinese showrooms near the end of 2013.  It won’t be making the trip alone, however.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition will also be having their Asian premieres.  Jeeps that are made in China will not have an impact on the current production of them stateside.

It’s going to be interesting to see how China’s influence as such a large buying market affects not just Jeep, but the auto industry as a whole.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Gets Motortrend First Test

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - CityThe 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has sparked a long discussion about the changes done to its appearance.  Overall, I think it’s safe to say that, while there is criticism, most people are embracing what they see as a new change for the better.  It’s the age-old adage, ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’  Making such a drastic decision in the design shows that Jeep is serious about their brand and vehicles stays strong with the recent resurgence.  It’s a commitment to doing what is needed to ensure a future rather than being safe and sticking to what is already known.

Chrysler has also been pushing the idea of having diesel versions of their popular vehicles due to fan demand.  The 2014 Grand Cherokee is one of the many vehicles that will be getting an EcoDiesel version.  Motortrend got their hands on it and gave it the full run-through to see how it holds up.

They found there was an improvement on the fuel economy.  The base EcoDiesel is the V6 and is rated at 21 mpg for city and 28 mpg for highway.  The non-diesel is rated for 17 mpg and 24 mpg highway.  As far as it compares to its competitors, the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne, it’s pretty mixed in that it’s not much different.

What does give the 2014 Grand Cherokee the edge is it manages to provide offers for the consumers the others don’t.  One is air suspension which the competition doesn’t even have as an option.  The EcoDiesel provides a relaxed ride and is quiet.

Their conclusion is that the new Jeep is much better in what it offers drivers beyond the engine performance.  Three different four-wheel-drive systems, adjustable ride height, and easily removable front and rear fasciae all come together to give the Jeep what it needs to edge forward in value.  What the editors decided was to advise looking at the Limited trim of the Grand Cherokee which they believe to be the best for the money.

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