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Old 10-15-2013, 07:06 PM
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motorweek just published a review of the cherokee
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

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motorweek just published a review of the cherokee
It was on the Saturday show over a week ago. A friend called me when it started. Unfortunately neither our eastern or western PBS station on our dish carries Motorweek (the second PBS station in each location has it).

They published a review as follows:

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2014 Jeep Cherokee |*MotorWeek

2014 Jeep Cherokee



When Jeep said it was bringing the Cherokee nameplate back to America, most of the response was positive. But, when photos of the new utility were leaked, that response became an uproar. Jeep fans, it seemed, were less than thrilled with the slick new styling. Fortunately, it does look far better in person. Plus there is a lot to like about the new Cherokee beyond what meets the eye.

For Jeep purists, the 2014 Cherokee is a hard pill to swallow. The squinty lights, fold over grille, and even a wedge-y window profile. And then there is the matter of it being a crossover, derived from a front-wheel drive car! Heresy!

Granted, this Cherokeeís new look may not be as macho as a sleeveless denim jacket; and itís certainly doesnít look as purposeful as the original square jawed, 1980ís vintage XJ, but we donít agree that itís been hit with an ugly stick.

There are many reasons that a boxy shape was discarded in favor of a slicker design, but aerodynamics is certainly a key one. The new form cuts through the air far more effortlessly, enabling better fuel economy and a quieter ride. And despite the softer lines, the Cherokee still has a nice stance to it.

Its 182-inch overall length puts it in between compact and mid-size SUVís, but the fact that it shares a platform with the Dodge Dart makes it a compact to us. Weíve heard a lot of complaints about the front lighting with its high-mounted, Nissan Juke-style, slanted daytime running lights drawing most of the ire. Headlights and fog lights are stacked below.

Fortunately, a dedicated Trailhawk model packs what should matter most to Jeep fans; standard four-wheel drive with an off road kit that adds an inch of ground clearance, skid plates, red front tow hooks, and the biggie, a locking rear differential.

Dodge Dart influence extends to the standard Tigershark 2.4-liter I4 engine. Ratings are 184-horsepower and 171 lb-ft. of torque. Available, is an all-new 3.2-liter V6, the second member of the Pentastar family. It cranks out 271-horsepower and 239 lb-ft. of torque.

Another debut is Chryslerís new 9-speed automatic transmission, and it seems to check all the boxes of fuel economy, acceleration, and towing capacity - 4,500-pounds with the V6.

And for those who dare, the new ďTrail RatedĒ Cherokee is capable of some pretty serious off-road terrain. Both front and rear overhangs are minimal for rock climbing; while Jeep Active Drive I single speed, Jeep Active Drive II 2-speed, and Jeep Active Drive Lock with low range all-wheel-drive systems are all available, as is Selec-Terrain from the Grand Cherokee.

Still, for those that hold the old XJs sacred, it is doubtful that any modern Jeep wagon would make them happy. The inconvenient truth is, todayís typical SUV buyer will gladly trade off-road prowess for on-road comfort and capability. Here the new Cherokee really shines.

Ride quality is on par with the best of both compact and mid-size crossovers. But, thanks to the Dartís original Alpha Romeo roots things are sportier than most.

Inside, thereís seating for 5, with the front seats delivering adequate comfort. Rear seats offer a bit less, but sliding seat bottoms allow extra room for either passengers or cargo. Seat backs fold 60/40 to expand the cargo hold from 24.6 Cubic-ft. to 54.9; and a cargo management system lets you to make the most of the space available. Thereís plenty available up front to pamper both driver and occupants from a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated seats; to a wireless charging pad for mobile devices.

Government Fuel Economy Ratings, aided by the 9-speed transmission, are 21-City, 28-Highway, and 24-Combined for 4-cylinder 4X4ís. Four-wheel-drive V6ís do a little worse, but not by much, at 19-City, 27-Highway, and 22-Combined. Both engines score ďaverageĒ on the Energy Impact Score with the I4 burning 13.7-barrels of oil yearly while producing 6.2-tons of CO2.

Pricing is also in between compact and mid-size CUV, starting at $23,990 for a front-wheel-drive Sport; where AWD costs 2-grand more. Trailhawk models begin at $30,490.

The old XJ Cherokee is well loved around the world, and itís doubtful that this one will ever attain such global cult status. Nor is it as capable as the Wrangler. But, so what if itís not? Jeep already sells a 4-door Wrangler, why do they need two?

And while some might wish Chrysler would have called it something other than Cherokee, we say the name suits it just fine, as just like before, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a truly capable choice in the five passenger utility market.
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Just drove by the jeep plant. They are loading trucks like crazy. They're coming boys!

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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

Awesome.... Mine is at Ottawa south yard

It went from nitro creek ohio to the Dana yard in mich. and now back down... Thanks for that great news
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:05 PM
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Now THOSE are some good news photos! Maybe our ship date in the system is for real this time.
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

I was beginning to think it was the biggest ruse by Jeep since they made all the fake blow up vehicles for Patton's fake Army that fooled the Germans before D-Day.
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

For me it is still a ruse. I ordered Aug 1 and it hasn't even gone to production yet. I'm beginning to think Jeep Management is a joke.

Got a call from Ford today. Couldn't believe it. They know we don't have our new car and they are sure offering some nice deals to get us back.

Wake up Jeep/Chrysler or your recovery could be short lived.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:41 PM
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

sure the order is valid? most others have pretty much tracked theirs down to the wing nuts.

If I were you I'd get Grand Cherokee before going to a Ford.
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sure the order is valid? most others have pretty much tracked theirs down to the wing nuts.

If I were you I'd get Grand Cherokee before going to a Ford.

Order is valid. Blinker Fluid watching it. He can't understand why it is still sitting as everything required is available.

We want a vehicle we can flat tow, preferably with a transfer case (thus the Limited with Active Drive II). It also has to be acceptable to DW since it will be her car.

Only if I get REALLY ticked will I cancel the order - then I'll go to....... ?? That is the problem.
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Just drove by the jeep plant. They are loading trucks like crazy. They're coming boys!
they could be moving them to the staging areas or parking lots around dayton that are full according to the news
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they could be moving them to the staging areas or parking lots around dayton that are full according to the news
Don't know why they wouldn't begin shipping. If they have the right software then everything coming off the line right now could go into a normal shipping cycle.
The backlog would be all of the production vehicles before the new software was injected into the line.
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Re: when are they being shipped to dealers

The Jeep VOTS on my TrailHawk changed from Final Inspection to Shipping this morning. Looks like they are moving out.
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