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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

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A few tidbits from reading:

A two speed PTU? That's pretty neat, can't say I've seen that before.

Removing the rear axle from the drive line is not new in a midsize SUV. That's how most part time AWD systems work, they only send power to the rear axle when needed.

The TigerShark gets up to 31mpg with similar power as the old 2.4L in the Compass. Not terrible considering the vehicle is larger, but doesn't sound like that's the engine to buy. My guess is it's gonna be a little weak for that much vehicle.
The 2 speed ptu is a first I believe... And the way the rear axle disconnects is different than other methods... It is all internal.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:59 AM
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

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I am trying so hard to accept this, really I am. The Trailhawk doesn't look bad. But then I see the overhead view showing off how much front overhang there really is. Then I see the rear views, showing off multiple creases and lines that look like a cross between a Korean design and an afterthought.

The Jeep guys that still exist in the company know how bad this thing is; why else would a Trailhawk edition be available at release? They hope it will pacify the die hard Jeep crowd, it won't. I remember when the KJ was released. I remember pouring over the patent drawings on the IFS. Some said that it was the beginning of the end. I wonder what this turd would make them think...

I agree with the Korean design especially noticeable on the tailgate. I think what makes this such a strange looking vehicle is the "bent" looking integrated grille. If that had been flattened out or more rounded it may not look half bad. The side profile is beautiful as it resembles the GC. I just don't know what to think of the front. When I read "I wonder what this turd would make them think..." I just about spit out my coffee
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

Ah, a good looking car until you stare at it head-on. I can't get over the triple eyes. I wonder if Chris Bangle (of BMW fame) now works as Jeep's head of design.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:41 AM
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

Yeah they messed up the exterior on this one. I guess I could live with the the rear and side ok but the front is the face of the vehicle and it's like a plastic surgery job gone wrong I would have just gone with a smaller slightly tweaked GC exterior to keep the family resemblance. Kind of like Nissan did with Murano and Rogue. Why bother to use the Cherokee name and then build a totally separate exterior look?

The interior is awesome, looks so much better than Escape and other competitors.

I'll see if it looks any better in person on Friday in NYC
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

HOLY HELL!! It's even worse than I thought it would be.

Buy a Grand Cherokee now! The 2016's will be a disaster if they follow the in the same path as this monstrosity.
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

I end up liking the front, it's very different from previous Jeep trucks bearing the same name. It took a bit of time and several pictures but I do like it.
At first I found it odd but I couldn't say why exactly.

The rear may end up growing on me as these are the very first rear shots I see, but I'm not so sure: there is a lot (too much) metal, compared to tail lights and license plate.
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

O.K., I've turned into a bit of a negative Nancy on the new Cherokee, so here's my attempt for something positive...

Hey, there's no chrome
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:11 AM
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

I saw the new Cherokee on Fox and Friends this morning, it looks nice and fresh, but the rear end of this thing is just down right butt ugly.

We'll wait and see how this works our for Jeep. It might be a hit, you never know.
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I expect the term "Cherokeeing" to be used for massively screwing up something important.
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I expect the term "Cherokeeing" to be used for massively screwing up something important.
I wonder if the next soft-roader Jeep releases will be called the XJ, in an attempt to completely ruin the legacy of an icon...
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Re: 2014 JEEP Cherokee KL- Reveal...pics...specs etc!!!!!!

I read on autoblog that it will have a Front wheel drive option... say it aint so
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