The 2013 Jeep Cherokee Set to be Unveiled Next Month
|   Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The first ever production Jeep to be born out of the Chrysler / Fiat alliance is here. The first ever model will be showcased to the public at the New York Motor Show at the end of next month. Jeep claims that the new Jeep Cherokee is available on sale this autumn while revealing the first glimpses of the vehicle as spy pictures had been leaked online last week. The liberty will be replaced by The Jeep Cherokee and will bring back the Cherokee brand name to the market post 2001.


Specifications and other details are not available at the moment but Jeep claims that the details will be revealed next month during the Motor Show. Jeep further claims that the Cherokee will be 45 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and will give the Land Rover Evoque a run for its money.

The Jeep Cherokee will also feature Jeep's radical off road capabilities while the on road performance of the vehicle has also been enhanced since the Liberty. The new Cherokee is based on the Compact Wide platform developed by Fiat and will be among the first vehicles ever to offer the ZF automatic nine speed transmission system. A shorter version of this platform has been used by Fiat on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta as well as the Dodge Dart.

The Jeep Cherokee features all wheel drive and is powered by a 2.0 liter Tiger Shark engine . The jeep is also available in smaller turbo charged engine which is 1.4 liter, lifted off the Giulietta is also expected while the expected 3.2 liter V6 engine will not make its debut in Europe. Fiat / Chrysler plans on compensating for this by introducing a 2.0 liter JTDm turbo diesel engine for the European customers.

The JTDm engine has been used on the Giulietta and this has been the best selling engine in its class. Therefore, its induction into the Jeep Cherokee will definitely be successful. The exterior styling of the vehicle has been borrowed from the Jeep Grand Cherokee while the designer at Fiat / Chrysler has given the front end a major modification.

The other major modifications on the Jeep Cherokee are the slim headlight along with additional Daytime Running Lights with the slightly modified seven bar Jeep grille on the bonnet. The ride height seems to have been increased although confirmation has not arrived from the company. The interior is expected to resemble that of a luxury SUV while the vehicle is quite spacious.

The driver's seat is in a commanding position and that makes it easy for the person at the wheel to obtain a better view of the road. The seats provide optimum thigh support while head and leg room is adequate. Experts believe that the new Jeep Cherokee will meet its sales target primarily due to the modifications Fiat / Chrysler has made to the vehicle. Standard 19 inch wheels are available while optional 18 – 20 inch wheels are also available. Further details will be revealed next month.
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