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 |  Sep 06 2012, 8:01 AM

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]

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARPXVCEBPD2KGMPOOSCSBB5X3Q The Blind Squirrel Theory

    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.