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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Jeep Debuting Variants of Popular Models

It’s never been a mystery as to which name brand is the most popular of the Chrysler divisions. Jeep has long stood head and shoulders above the competition and the sales of late have been reflective of that popularity. Jeep is always making sure that their products are fresh and in people’s minds. With the Geneva Motor Show, Jeep is planning on introducing new model variants for European customers.

The Jeeps that are getting the customer face-lift will be the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Compass. Both are being done in anticipation of the direction the entire line-up could be evolving into 2012. Grand Cherokee’s new look will consist of a unique and aggressive flair coupled with a new 3.6 litre V-6 turbo-disesel engine complete with Multijet 2 technology. The Compass, on the other hand, will have a unique black exterior treatment to give the Jeep a much more sinister and darker look.

At the same event, Jeep will be debuting the special edition Jeep Wrangler Mountain. Making its European debut, the Wrangler Mountain is a limited edition based off the iconic model of the Wrangler. Built to appeal to the outdoor enthusiast with an all new Gecko body-color.

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