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Cherokee tally: 51% 4×4

by David Zatz on

With around 18,450 KL Cherokees built so far — and nary a single one in the hands of a dealership or car-buyer — there is still no firmware fix, but there is some information on the production run.

Allpar has been told by unofficial sources that firmware fixes are being developed for both front-drive and 4×4 Cherokees, explaining why, with around 9,000 4x2s produced so far, none are yet in customers’ hands — unless the company simply does not want the image issue of a front-drive-only Jeep to linger. That said, more 4x4s have actually been made, with 9,450 Cherokees having the various four wheel drive systems.

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Source oh2o wrote that there are now around 2,000 Trailhawks in the wild; the top off-road model, it includes standard thick steel plates which cover key systems, so that scraping or dropping onto rocks usually does little or no damage.  Trailhawk also includes a locking rear differential and the ability to traverse 20 inches of standing water at 5 mph.

The vast majority of Cherokees built so far, in either FWD or 4×4, is the Latitude (in Canada dubbed the “North” and in other regions, Longitude), the Cherokee’s equivalent of Dodge’s SXT. Latitude has the features most customers look for, at a reasonable price; the entry level is Sport, which is so far the lowest-production version, and the top feature level (aside from Trailhawk) is Limited.

According to oh2o, the tally stands at 9,450 4x4s and 9,000 front-wheel-drive Cherokees. Many appear to be in transit to collection points in strategic locations around North America, where they are awaiting a thoroughly tested firmware update. Reportedly, either Chrysler employees or contractors will “flash” and test each vehicle individually before they hit the dealerships.

The date when the final firmware fix will be ready is unknown, and will remain so until the code has been written and thoroughly tested; it is possible that the code is indeed in its final form and is merely awaiting the completion of more tests. It is also possible that customers will be given more software updates as time goes on. Regardless, under CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler has made quality and reliability higher priorities, and it is likely that the Cherokees will continue to rest until they are ready for sale.

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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