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Next Cherokee “already done”

by David Zatz on

With the 2014 Jeep Cherokee only recently entering international markets and closing its first full year of sales, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the next version has already been done — and it appears to be more than the usual refresh.

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Today, he said:

I can tell you right now that we already have the next phase – the next evolution of the Cherokee done. We’re working through the details and the last changes, so the car should be coming out within a period of 24 to 30 months.

Obviously application of the nine-speed transmission on that vehicle has been a very painful application. It’s something that in hindsight we should’ve probably applied it to a passenger car as opposed to applying it to as sophisticated and complex a vehicle as the Cherokee.

But I’m pleased with what we’ve done. I think it can do more. I think the next phase – the next version or the next MCA of the vehicle will outperform the current one. I think it’s a better-looking, better-performing kind of the current Cherokee. But I think you need to wait two-and-a-half years to get it, so buy one now.

Read the full transcript of Sergio Marchionne’s remarks.

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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