2014 Jeep Cherokee Heads to Dealers After Long Delay

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Have you been anxiously waiting for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? In spite of long delays the company is finally getting its act together and the new compact SUV should start to arrive at dealerships over the next 10 days.

Doing the right thing is rarely easy… or cheap, but Chrysler is taking unusual steps to make sure the reborn Cherokee is delivered to customers without any issues. The company is testing each and every vehicle to make sure it functions properly.

They’re installing new software to smooth out how the engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system interact. This detour is unusual and has helped push this Jeep’s debut back by about two months. Still, it’s probably better to correct these issues before vehicles end up in customers’ driveways.

Production of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee commenced on June 24 and to date about 23,000 examples have been built. This stockpile of vehicles should be good for dealers, who have seen strong demand for the new crossover utility. Cherokees have been parked at vast lots in Northwest Ohio, near Chrysler’s Toledo assembly plant where the vehicle is built, as well as places in Southeastern Michigan.

If you’ve been patiently waiting to park a new Jeep Cherokee in your garage the wait is nearly over. They should start arriving at dealerships shortly.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Kvally Kvally on Oct 22, 2013

    The design still doesn't work for me. But the picture on this article does tend to grow on me. I am glad Chrysler or Fiat or Daimler or whatever brand they are now, have taken measures for this quality control. I hope it performs just as well as my old 2001 Jeep Cherokee did back in the day.

  • Randy Pullman Randy Pullman on Nov 02, 2013

    With as many lemons as this country has has to endure it nice to read that manufactures are willing to cover there wallets before selling us a $51,995.95 set of wheels! Bravo!