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Extended-wheelbase Jeep Cherokee

by David Zatz on

Insiders claim there’s an extended-wheelbase Jeep Cherokee coming, but it may not be for Americans — and that might be just as well.

2018 Jeep Cherokee rendering

In China, rear seat legroom is important — more important than in the US or Canada — resulting in stretched versions of many cars. In this case, though, it’s for a three-row version, according to reliable source oh2o, who said it’s due for model-year 2018. That means it’ll wear the same face as the standard Cherokee, which may look something like the rendering above — somewhat more traditional than the current model, but still easily recognizable.

The front wheel drive Cherokee (with optional AWD) may be more acceptable to some buyers than the bigger, heavier rear-drive (with optional AWD) Grand Cherokee. Both Jeeps are unit-body designs and both are capable of traversing the Rubicon trail when in Trail Rated form.

The Cherokee and Renegade have both been quite successful, with the Renegade more than doubling Jeep sales in Europe, and the Cherokee selling in good enough numbers to merit its own factory.

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