The delay, however, won’t cause a supply issue as the American automaker is confident that sufficient inventory will be available at dealerships this fall. Chrysler wouldn’t elaborate on what issues are causing the delay, but stated that they are common when launching an all-new vehicle.
A couple of issues making the Jeep Cherokee’s production more complicated including the fact that its underpinned by an underbody adopted from Fiat. The Cherokee will also be the automaker’s first vehicle to be powered by a ZF nine-speed transmission.
“These are pretty much common issues with everything we launch,” said Mark Chernoby, Chrysler’s senior vice president of engineering. “Especially if there is a major change with the powertrain.”
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[Source: Detroit Free Press]
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