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 |  Mar 27 2013, 1:00 AM

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After numerous leaks of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and plenty of controversy surrounding its styling, the American automaker has officially unveiled the replacement for the Liberty prior to its 2013 New York Auto Show debut.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is built on a modular platform from Alfa Romeo and is the same platform that’s shared with the Dodge Dart. It’ll be available with either a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder with 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. The 2.4-liter gets an estimated 31 mpg on the highway, a more than 45-percent improvement versus the outgoing model. As for the 3.2-liter V6, Jeep simply stated that it’ll deliver fuel economy improvements of 30 percent versus the outgoing V6.

The new Jeep will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive and the powerplants will be mated to a new nine-speed transmission, a first in the segment. Four different models will be available at its launch: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The V6-equipped Cherokee will boast best-in-class towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

As for various improvements on the Cherokee, Jeep boasted about its new independent front and rear suspension, increased torsional stiffness, and an exceptionally quiet cabin. Of course it’ll be the “aerodynamic design cues” that will be at the center of even more controversy, as it has been for the last couple of weeks.

Check back with AutoGuide when the 2014 Jeep Cherokee officially debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show for live show photos and coverage. For now, enjoy the over 60 photos that Jeep has released.

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  • Markey

    love it. want it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliet.andrew.165 Juliet Andrew

    This is a great creativity and innovative from Jeep and I must commend the company for this wonderful job. The automotive industry is improving greatly as there are lot of innovations in the industry. Recently, Schaeffler unveiled concept car in India, a car that is suitable for Indian roads and fuel efficiency by 10%.

  • Miles Davis Fan

    What’re you, blind? This thing makes Sarah Jessica Parker look like Kate Upton…

  • smartacus

    so it’s true: 
    if you make silly faces and someone hits you on the back, you stay like that permanently :o

  • Clemsonfan5000

    Looks like a Bulldog eating Mayonnaise. Smoke another one guys. Wonder what other classic they will completly destroy.

  • Dr. Awesome

    Safe to say Italian design meets American icon = FAIL

  • G_kar

    What a piece of crap.  JEEP took years to recover after the Rambler/AMC debacle.  Looks like it’s headed back that way!!

  • Yourmom

     ”The new Jeep will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive” what, why? Its named after the damn Jeep XJ! There is a reason they were produced almost unchanged for over 20 years, and that was because they are one of the best vehicles ever made! This thing is a joke, a sad sad joke.

  • Yourmom

     Not to mention it is not even 4WD (according to this article).

  • Yourmom

     To update myself, the new Cherokee is 4WD, this article is wrong.

  • Jeff B.

    In 2001, despite very strong sales, a German guy killed the original Jeep XJ …. it has been rated as one of the  worst business decisions of all time … now, an Italian guy reintroduces the Jeep “Cherokee” …. this thing is a frigg’in disaster …. all they needed to do was start making the XJ again WITH an engine that much better gas mileage AND a diesel option, better brakes … and be done with it.   They would have a true “smash” …. I know Jeep XJ Chekokee, I own 3 of them

  • NiteOwl_OvO

    Now we know what you get when a Hummer H3 knocks up a Kia Optima.

  • Jonathan delPozo

    Put a HEMI in it!!  Love the styling- – - – — should make the beemer and mercedes crowd quake and run off to little sage brush piles!

  • Rpalermo169

    If I wanted a crossover, I’d get one. If this thing can offload like my 08 liberty ill kiss the designers ass.

  • NiteOwl_OvO

    I don’t understand the styling of the front end. Squinting, flush-molded headlights (too small in my opinion), small recessed driving lights, but large turn signal lights with protruding lips? Sleek lines and  high-gloss paint work OK, but conflicts with the understated satin-finish lower body work. There is no bright-work except for the grills, which stand out and seem like an afterthought. In all, the styling doesn’t seem consistent. This seems like an effort to disguise a European crossover as an American Jeep SUV. It will probably sell as well as the Compass, though. It just isn’t for the traditional Jeep market.

    (OvO)

  • Mario Vacher

    the liberty sas fabulons . mostly with diesel engine.
    it loste some of it’s style in 2007.
    now it look’s like all the others but not a JEEP any more.

  • Chaos Geek

    So it’s a Minivan?

  • Bill

    Isuzu tried this design once with the Axium. Shortly afterwards they went out of personal auto business.

  • Theresa Mcgowan Lillis

    I want the LIberty