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2014 Jeep Cherokee: New, Greener 4x4 With Old Name (Photos)

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Here you are: These are the first photos of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Yep, that's right: Cherokee. No, not Grand Cherokee. Plain old Cherokee, the revival of a name that vanished (in the U.S.) a decade ago, although it's lived on in Europe.

The new 2014 Cherokee is Jeep's replacement for the old Jeep Liberty that was discontinued last year.

It revives a well-loved name dating back to 1984 on what was arguably the first sport-utility vehicle sold in high volumes, kicking off the entire SUV craze and changing the face of U.S. cars forever.

But the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is about as far from the old one as you can get.

It's a unit-construction all-wheel drive vehicle built on a car platform--meaning we'd call it a crossover now--and with its engine mounted transversely up front.

The Cherokee platform is adapted from the one underneath the front-wheel-drive Dodge Dart compact sedan, not a truck platform like the old Cherokee.

We won't get all the details on Jeep's new 4x4 until the New York Auto Show late next month, but now Chrysler-Fiat has released the photos you see above.

The new Cherokee will undoubtedly be greener than the old Liberty was, and will likely offer at least one four-cylinder version along with a more powerful model that features the Chrysler Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

Those engines could be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Yes, you read that right: the first production nine-speed automatic in the world might be fitted to a Jeep.

The best gas mileage achieved by the old Liberty, which ran from 2002 through 2012 in two generations, was 18 mpg combined for the rear-wheel drive version.

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport

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Jeep says the new model will return up to 45 percent better ratings than that, which would mean a combined rating of roughly 26 mpg for the most fuel-efficient version.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will also offer best-in-class capability for off-roading, including at least one Trail-Rated model.

For more details on the new 2014 Cherokee and all the rest of the launches and concept cars, be sure to bookmark our New York Auto Show news page.

Meanwhile, what do you think of the design and styling of the new Jeep Cherokee? Is it a real successor to the old Jeep Liberty?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

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  1. I am NOT a fan of the new look...
     
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  2. No Diesel version ??
     
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  3. Other than rejuvenating a by-gone name, I'm unimpressed. There's nothing remotely green about it in my opinion.
     
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  4. I've read a number of articles on this already and the number of comments are off the charts. People seem to either hate this new Cherokee's look, or they love it. I can't say I'm in love with the new look, but I do think Jeep was justified with the radical styling we see. Look at all of the crossovers available today, and look at what's coming in the next few years as well. I'm speaking of the Ford Escape, Toyota Rav 4, Honda CRV, Chevy Equinox, Hyundai Tuscon, etc. None of them are the old block style Cherokee of yesteryear. Jeep had virtually no choice but to make a competitor that was fuel conscious and feature laden. A Jeep purist will have a hard time with this design, but they did what they had to do IMHO.
     
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  5. As a Jeep Liberty owner I have to say that although I guess they had to update the design I think they have strayed way too far from traditional Jeep design. The front end is weird. It's looking too much like a Juke and an Aztek (ugh) and that's not a compliment by any means. Jeep owners unite. Tell Chrysler to go back to the drawing board FAST. I think this is going to be a real turnoff to traditional Jeep buyers.
     
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  6. I think it looks great! It's time to move on from the same old boring designs. As for being green, it will probably be the most fuel efficient vehicle that can actually venture well off the beaten path with the Trail-Rated model, and that's the model I'm actually now considering buying a year or so after this thing is released.
     
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  7. Im not a fan of it, I do like the new Grand Cherokee. It gets an A for looking "different". I do agree with the others that it should have had a more "boxy" appearance. Thats what drove people to buy the old Cherokee. It had a distinct look about it. This here looks like it was very rushed. Maybe im wrong
     
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  8. I love Jeep cars so much more than any other kinds of cars around world .
     
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