Chrysler Delays 2014 Jeep Cherokee One Month

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Fans of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will have to wait until the kids start summer vacation to buy one. Chrysler told The Detroit Free Press on Thursday that its midsize SUV, slated to hit dealers right about now, won't arrive until the middle of June. But dealers should have plenty of cars by fall, said Mark Chernoby, who heads up engineering at Chrysler.

Chrysler builds the Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio; the automaker said it's smoothing out a few issues common with new-vehicle launches.

"Right now, we are at a point where we have dozens of open issues. It is less than 100," Chernoby told the Free Press. But those represent "the normal" for any vehicle launch, he added, particularly one with a new drivetrain. In particular, the automaker is tinkering with processes along the assembly line and calibrating the new nine-speed automatic.

Editor's note: This article was updated on June 24 to correct the 2014 Jeep Cherokee's production timeline. Sales of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee remain on track for September 2013.

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By Kelsey Mays | May 17, 2013 | Comments (10)

Comments 

hellomoto

The longer they postpone it, the better. This 2 faced thing is ugly and it should have a different name.

boeingboy

Hopefully it will be as reliable as my 03 Liberty...even though it's ugly as heck!

Vincent

I don't know why but every time I see it's picture I think of Nancy Pelosi's face. That's not a good thing.

Ron

"Ugly" must be a personal preference. My opinion, Jeep made the last good-looking Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2004. Since then they look like overweight Toyota's. The new Cherokee looks sleek and capable to me.

Tall Ron

I've always owned a Jeep vehicle. Can't imagine my life without one. In the mountains where I live, everyone drives a 4X4.

The wife drives a 2014 Grand Cherokee we bought last month. I drive a 2012 Wrangler Sahara. Before that we also owned older Jeep vehicles.

If this new Cherokee is half as good as the Grand Cherokee or the Wrangler, Jeep will have another hot seller on its hands, for people who want a Jeep in that size.

This cherokee does looks weaksauce. I have 2014 Grand Cherokee and am thankful they dint make the 2014 GC with this face, would never have bought it. Love my 2014 GC.

Bentley

I like it and it compares to the rounded look most SUVS have now. Ford no longer has the boxy look, either. I love my boxy Liberty better but I like this one, too. Not to mention the better gas mileage it's suppose to have. I just wish it would come out sooner being my Liberty just hit 200,000 miles!

Leviah

I love the appearance of the Jeep Cherokee...It's super stylish..Cant wait to own one

Gregg

I have a 2012 Chrysler 200 Limited. Initially I thought it was great, then the problems began. At 20,000 miles it has been in the shop for 11 days so far. Bubbling paint, failed water pump, dead ABS unit and a mystery metal on metal clunking in the front end at low speeds. Chrysler customer service and the dealer seem like their from two different dysfunctional organizations and I feel like I'm in the lease from hell that I can't escape. I got myself on a waiting list for the Cherokee. Now the news about its delays. Yikes.

jyd

At first, I thought they delayed the launch because someone finally turned on the lights and saw how ugly it is.

Now, it appears it has having issues out of the gate or, to be accurate, before the gate is even open.

Jeep is not the brand to try out new tech. They have a good reputation and it would be a shame to have the constant issues that plague Chrysler and Dodge to migrate more to Jeep than they already have.

I don't hold out much hope for this re-launch of a once proud model.

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