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Cherokee delayed again

by David Zatz on

Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette wrote that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee debut has been delayed, with a media drive postponed and cars scheduled to be at dealerships in August or September.

The event would have journalists from around the world driving the Cherokee for the first time from August 8-14, in Seattle.  The company issued a statement saying, “Over the last couple of weeks during final quality and durability testing, we have discovered the opportunity to further improve powertrain calibration… We will introduce the vehicle to media and consumers as soon as the process is complete.”

Production has begun, but Cherokees are being held and not sent to dealers.

The Cherokee is the first Jeep-brand vehicle to be based on a modified Fiat platform, and is the world’s first or second use of a nine-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF Friedrichshafen. It will also be the first car to use Chrysler’s new 3.2 liter V6 (a 2.4 liter four-cylinder is the base engine).

For more details, see Automotive News.

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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