Jeep Cherokee Tipped as New Name of Redesigned Liberty

Jeep Cherokee Tipped as New Name of Redesigned Liberty

Over the course of the next three years, Jeep‘s lineup will evolve to add a small and large vehicle, while utilizing platforms shared by Fiat.

One of the biggest immediate changes is the redesigned Jeep Liberty, destined to make its debut early next year as a 2014 model. Rumor has it that the redesigned Liberty could bring back the Cherokee name and will be powered by a 3.2-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed, front-wheel drive transmission. The compact SUV will be the first of several Jeep models build on a Fiat platform – in this case, the same one that is shared with the 2013 Dodge Dart.

As for the rest of the American automaker’s lineup, Jeep plans to add a subcompact as an entry level vehicle for the North American and global markets.  The Patriot will get another year of life, living on at least through 2014 and will see a new six-speed automatic transmission. For Compass enthusiasts that have been disgusted with the offering of a continuously variable transmission, you will be happy to hear that Jeep will be replacing it with a standard six-speed automatic next summer.

Not much will change with the Wrangler model, at least not until its major redesign scheduled for 2017. It will however see a new, eight-speed transmission in 2014. A re-engineered Grand Cherokee will be in showrooms next spring, sporting a 3.0-liter diesel engine mated to an eight-speed transmission. On the inside, the Grand Cherokee will feature an 8.4-inch infotainment screen.

Lastly, the seven-seat Grand Wagoneer will replace the Dodge Durango next year for the 2014 model year.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • I can’t imagine it will be able to live up to the name. Cherokee is a cult that is pretty devout, I doubt a uni-body design will suffice.

  • Greenjeep1998

    Unless it has solid axles under it, it won’t be a Cherokee in my eyes. They should build it so that the Grand Cherokee’s engine/trans/transfercase are backed by a Wrangler suspension in a Liberty sized unibody (well, maybe not so tall anyway), anything less will just be a trail rated Journey and a further insult to the Jeep name as the Patriot and Compass are.

  • Brother Dave

    All Jeep Cherokees (XJ) built since 1987 are unibody designs – they have never had a separate frame. 

  • Mike

    Sorry Liberty you will never be a Cherokee. I know Chrysler is to blame but come on Jeep get back to your roots.

  • Joe Canejo

    Let’s sully the Cherokee by naming an inferior product after it. Get back to building Jeeps not re badging previous mistakes

  • dieselNP

    I can’t believe I’m reading, “The “Cherokee” will be the first of several Jeep models build on a Fiat platform.” A Front wheel drive,,,, Fiat. I can kick a Fiat over… Terrible, just terrible.