One of the cars you’ve always wanted even if you know that it is not healthy for your pocket is the Jeep Cherokee. The Indonesian version of the Cherokee which goes by the name of Liberty in North America has now just got even better with the 2014 version which will be unveiled during the 2013 New York auto show at the end of March.
For this 2014 version, Chrysler will be using the Cherokee name again instead of the Liberty. However, the car looks more like the Jeep Compass and nothing like the current Cherokee/ Liberty version. In fact, in this new version, it can be argued that the Jeep has now moved away from the echo of the World War II era of Willys MB and embrace the more aerodynamic shape for the Cherokee.
For the exterior, instead of having the famous seven slot grille like the old version, the new design makes it as if there is a series of seven small grilles in a vertical position at the front fascia of the car. The hood has no pointy angle and the v shaped bump on top of the hood is much more visible.
The head light is also divided into two sections, the smaller upper section where the turn signal is and the lower section where the HID light is located. The front bumper is now part of the body and has a large honeycomb at the bottom side fog lights on both sides.
Looking at the whole body of the 2014 Cherokee, there is no traces of the boxy design that has earned the Cherokee line its macho status. The vehicle is now more similar to its better priced competitor like the Honda CRV or Chevrolet Captiva. With this new model, the only boxy cars left within the Jeep line up are the Wranglers.
Other than it looks, the Cherokee will also have various improvements that claimed to set a new standard such as better in class capability, on-road driving dynamics, and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent compare to the current model.
One of the improvements that provide better fuel economy is the new Eco Mode driving available for all Jeep 2014 models. The Eco Mode optimizes the transmission’s shift schedule to achieve better fuel utilization when driving during rush hour or downhill. The Eco Mode is automatically engaged upon vehicle startup with the option to turn it off when more robust performance is required.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, and will arrive in dealer showrooms in the US in the third quarter of this year.
The Jeep Cherokee at the moment only available for Indonesian market through general importers and the current version is selling for about Rp 550 million.