2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which replaces the current Jeep Liberty SUV and adds a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, debuts on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
- The 2014 Cherokee is equipped with either a 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a 184-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine.
- Chrysler said the new Cherokee will return up to 31 mpg, a major improvement over the outgoing Liberty.
The debut of the Cherokee is widely believed to be one of the two most important domestic unveilings in the Big Apple.
Cherokee pricing was not announced. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which will be built at the automaker's Toledo, Ohio assembly plant, will go on sale in the third quarter of 2013.
The Cherokee, which revives one of the brand's most well-known nameplates in North America, is calculated to shake up the midsize SUV segment. With the new nine-speed transmission, the Cherokee blows past its key competitors, including the 2013 Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.
In comparison, the 2013 CR-V is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the 2013 Escape gets a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Tucson gets either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The more sophisticated transmissions help to boost fuel economy.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with either a 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a 184-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine.
Chrysler said the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will return up to 31 mpg, a major improvement over the outgoing Liberty. The EPA has not released official fuel economy numbers on the Cherokee.
Chrysler said the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir inline-4 engine "delivers a more than 45 percent fuel economy improvement versus (the) outgoing model and nearly 500-mile range." The 2012 Liberty comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Liberty is rated at 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg highway by the EPA. There is no 2013 Liberty.
The 2.4-liter inline-4 engine in the Cherokee is available in Sport, Latitude and Limited models. The Cherokee's V6 engine represents the first use of Chrysler Group's new 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine. It is available in Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee was created with fuel efficiency in mind, according to the automaker. An industry-first rear-axle disconnect resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn't needed also helps to boost fuel economy.
The SUV's redesign also puts an emphasis on aerodynamic cues. Chrysler said Fiat Group architecture is the basis for the underpinnings of the new Cherokee.
The Cherokee features three new four-wheel-drive systems and towing capability of 4,500 pounds. It also gets the first Chrysler Group use of ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, which helps the driver with parallel and perpendicular parking.
Options will include a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and a wireless charging pad.
Edmunds says: Jeep ditches the Liberty name and brings back the Cherokee nameplate for a vehicle that is ready to tackle the stiff competition in the midsize SUV and crossover market.