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2014 Jeep Cherokee: New Off-Road Video Of Downsized Crossover

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: frame capture from off-roading video

2014 Jeep Cherokee: frame capture from off-roading video

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Eight days from now, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 crossover will be unveiled to the world at the New York Auto Show's media preview days.

Jeep released the first photos and details of the 2014 Cherokee three weeks ago, and now it's served up a video to whet our appetites further.

The video is meant to demonstrate the Cherokee's off-road capabilities--for those Jeep enthusiasts who remember the old Cherokee's truck-like toughness.

The goal is to show that even though the 2014 model is built on an all-wheel-drive version of the same Fiat underpinnings used for the Dodge Dart sedan, it has the approach angles, all-wheel traction, and general ruggedness of a real Jeep.

The video doesn't show much of the Cherokee itself, though.

There are views over the hood, many of them at extreme angles, and some shots of the undercarriage as the car passes over a camera sitting on the dirt.

For which you can read: Yes, this Cherokee has all the ground clearance you'll need.

Watch the video and let us know whether you think the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be accepted by Jeep enthusiasts as a valid successor to the old truck-based model.

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

And for more coverage from New York, both before and during the show, be sure to bookmark our dedicated New York Auto Show page.

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  1. I am a long time Jeep owner and I have every confidence that Jeep will produce a mid-size SUV that will meet or exceed all past Jeep offerings in this segment. I'm an advocate of the new Cherokee, and the bold, exciting styling and engineering changes Jeep has made. I believe that the adoption of available Fiat resources into the crossover market was inevitable for Chrysler and that few are aware of the Fiat experience in this market, especially in heavy duty/commercial applications. Driven by the Jeep mandate to make the best off road vehicle in every class in which they compete, the Jeep team has taken the fundamentals of the Fiat platform and together with Fiat experts, have delivered a best in class, modern vehicle for the 2014 market.
     
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  2. Frst of all, this new Cherokee, which I have been waiting for, looks NOTHING like a Jeep; it now looks like every other crossover in existence. What a huge loss. And what a BORE. Why on earth did they do this? The only vehicle left that looks like a Jeep is the Wrangler. I hope they don't bastardize that, too.
     
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