2013 NY Auto Show Preview: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

During the week leading up to the 2013 New York International Auto Show, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.

Chrysler Group LLC will bring back the Jeep Cherokee name for the first time since the 2001 model year. The all-new version of the mid-size SUV will make its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Aside from exterior pictures, not many details have been released, but the automaker says the 2014 Cherokee will feature “best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model” – the Jeep Liberty.

The Jeep Liberty replaced the Cherokee in the U.S. after the 2001 model year, despite the fact that the Cherokee never sold fewer than 120,000 units, while the Liberty sold over 120,000 only five times in its 12 model years. Now the all-new Cherokee will get its chance to do battle in a mid-sized SUV market that is much more competitive than the last time the namesake model was sold.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be built in the U.S. at Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, and will arrive in dealer showrooms in the third quarter of this year.

[Source: Chrysler Group LLC]

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