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2014 Jeep Cherokee-Liberty revealed

by David Zatz on

Seeing the first shot of the next-generation Jeep Cherokee-Liberty without Alfa Romeo body parts (withdrawn by request), a sleek, modern-looking design is apparent; Jeep has finally given up on the boxy XJ look, functional though it was. Instead, a modern crossover look, quite likely with state of the art aerodynamics, minimizes the apparent size of the unit-body SUV, which is based loosely on the Dodge Dart dimensions and architecture. The rendering, by Susan Rand, shows the new body — the extreme front is speculative.

The car is expected to have off-road capability specifications close to those of the current Liberty. Though it might not be as tough or versatile as the original XJ, and will likely rely on technology to get it through tough trails, the next-generation Cherokee/Liberty (“Liberkee” — the actual name is still unknown to us) should still be more than a match for any competitive vehicle in its price range. The interior is said to be fairly roomy, but cargo space is sharply limited.

The engine range is expected to include, and might be restricted to, the upcoming 3.2 liter version of the Pentastar V6, coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission (possibly as a late-availability option); it might, though, use the six-speed Hyundai automatic coupled to a clever Magna Dynamax all wheel drive system for its Trail rated version.

The DynaMax AWD system, currently built in Korea by Hyundai, uses an electric oil pump to create pressure, applying a multi-disc clutch to move torque from the front wheels to the rear differential. As more pressure is applied, more torque is shifted back. The computer uses the steering angle, car’s speed, throttle position, wheel speed sensors, and the clutch oil pressure to calculate the front-rear torque split.

See more photos and current renderings • read more information on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee / Liberty

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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