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Jeep K8: three-row hybrid?

by David Zatz on

According to two sources, Jeep is planning a three-row Cherokee, dubbed K8, for Asian production and sale. As its launch nears, we’ve been told that it will not just have four cylinders, three rows, and four driven wheels, but two batteries — with an adaptation of the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid system.

This unconfirmed report has the launch sometime in 2017, as a 2018 model, so it’s likely not due until near the end of the year. That means it would wear the next-generation Cherokee front and rear, and could possibly be sold with the “GME” four-cylinder engine.

The K8 is, so far, not meant for North America, where buyers seeking three rows can’t get a Jeep, but can get a Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey, Dodge Caravan, or Chrysler Pacifica.

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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