The Jeep Cherokee’s controversial styling is here to stay.
Speaking to Automotive News, Jeep boss Mike Manley confirmed that the popular SUV’s shape and styling will remain when the model undergoes a refresh in mid-2016. Forgoing the traditional boxy shape that had become a trademark of the Cherokee in the past, Jeep introduced a significantly overhauled model in late 2013 with a polarizing design. Despite all the negative comments on the crossover’s style, it is still Jeep’s top-selling SUV in the U.S. and sales are up 31 percent compared to the same period last year.
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Since its release, the model has been troubled by issues with its transmission, and currently the American automaker is conducting a customer satisfaction campaign to reset the transmission software on early Cherokees, hoping to improve the nine-speed automatic’s operations.
“I think the overall styling, the overall shape, the overall accommodation of that vehicle is spot on,” Jeep’s Mike Manley said. “I don’t think that there’s anything that dramatically needs to change with that vehicle going forward.”
[Source: Automotive News]
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