When Will the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Arrive at Dealerships?

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Since Jeep posted the first photos of the radically styled 2014 Cherokee in February, anticipation about the Liberty replacement has been building. The Detroit News is reporting that customers will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the new SUV.

Chrysler has idled about 500 workers at the Toledo Assembly Complex to do more testing of the Cherokee, according to the Detroit News. The workers cite problems with the SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission.

Chrysler representative Todd Goyer said it's a matter of refining the vehicle's powertrain calibration. "This is the world's first application of a highly technical nine-speed transmission; on top of that, it is being mated to two new engines and three complex 4x4 systems. We will introduce the vehicle to consumers as soon as that process is complete. Our senior management has stated many times that we will only introduce a vehicle to consumers when we are completely satisfied," Goyer told us. 

Spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said dealership-bound vehicles have been built but would not provide an updated shipping date.

"We have been producing vehicles since the end of June and have now built the critical number of vehicles we need to stock dealerships once containment is released.  We will temporarily idle the second shift (at Toledo North) so as not to put additional strain on our logistics partners to get these vehicles into the hands of customers as quickly and efficiently as possible upon release," Tinson said in a statement.

This latest bout of on-sale-date confusion follows a long line of delays. In May, Chrysler said the Cherokee would arrive at dealerships in June. Later in the summer, CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker was delaying its launch to September to tweak the transmission.

With September winding down, it's unlikely that Jeep will make good on that promise, which is too bad. In his review, Cars.com reviewer David Thomas said the well-rounded new model will be a tough crossover to pass over. Click here for his review. 

Editor's note: This post was updated on Sept. 24 to include new information from Chrysler regarding the transmission.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 24, 2013 | Comments (12)

Comments 

Tony

"Since Jeep posted the first photos of the radically styled 2014 Cherokee in February, anticipation about the Liberty replacement has been building."

Sorry to disappoint but I didn't notice any anticipation for this crocodile. i can serious doubt that this car will attract buyers in herds. Even down south they probably think, "oh Lord..."

Joe

This Cherokee imposter is about as ugly as a vehicle can get!

Bub

It's hideous! I don't care what the drive train is. Give me back the old Cherokee. Modernize that. Those were bullet proof and exactly what a true SUV should be.

DRay831

Yes! Give us a stick shift and an in-line 6 engine that will last like the 4.0L in a body that looks like a Jeep made in America, not Korea.

Hulk Buster Mark I

@ Bub

That's the problem, most customers wouldn't agree with your traditional old-school Jeep philosophy. That might have worked in the 80's and 90's but the auto industry is changing. This is why Jeep sales have been lagging (because customers taste continues to evolve).

@DRay831

What does it matter where it appears to be made? I don't see you complaining about the almighty American-looking (but built in Canada) Chevy Camaro....

Steve

quote from Todd Goyer: "This is the world's first application of a highly technical nine-speed transmission; on top of that, it is being mated to two new engines and three complex 4x4 systems". Yep, all three systems that made Chrysler legendary in the past? This is three times the reason to skip the first model year of a new design. Maybe year 2 and 3 as well. Atleast Chrysler is good at designing heated and cooled cup holders.

Dan

"Its a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand". Yeah, right

Mike

@ DRay831

This is being built in Toledo Ohio not Korea. If you ask me the new Cherokee looks a lot like the 2012 BMW X5

Card13

They should make a boxy Jeep that can go off-road and has a strong old-school motor. Oh wait, that was the last Liberty and it had abysmal sales. While there seems to be a lot of people who claim to want those traits, there clearly weren't enough of them willing to write a check. At least the crossover crowd speaks with their wallets.

489

All signs point to this vehicle being a disaster.

Frank Berbessi

I've been waiting for the new Cherokee 2014, to see if all the news and ads are true about the car, most of the dealers have already the 2014 models and this is the only one that does not in, so do not make ads on line and TV If the arriving date in unknown

Butler1026

I like both the old and the new body style, but what really sucks is thay there is no stick-shift option. Why did they stop making w/ a manual transmission??? :(((

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