Toronto, Feb 25 - Chrysler has released the first images of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, an SUV that will replace the current Jeep Liberty and will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in March.
The vehicle will go on sale in North America in the third quarter of this year, the automaker said and will be available at most dealers in July.
This is the first time in 12 years that Jeep will use the Cherokee name on one of its models. The new model, unlike the original Cherokee, which was distinguished by a boxy look and straight lines, will have a curvy appearance and aggressive look.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will consume about 45 percent less fuel than the Jeep Liberty, the automaker said and will replace the Liberty. The Cherokee will be produced at the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Two of the major trends in car connectivity are to use a connected smartphone as the vehicle's infotainment system or for access to mobile service, or include a standalone system with its own wireless access that gains additional features when connected to a smartphone. Chrysler is apparently going the latter way with the overhaul of Uconnect, partnering with Sprint to provide wireless access so that owners will no longer need to use their own phones.
Called Uconnect Access, it will move to a subscription-based format and offer two levels, both with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. R3 is loaded up with the built-in Sprint cell service and still acts as a WiFi hotspot, and has a one-touch button for assistance services and voice-recognition for several operations including texting. R4 adds HD Radio, Sirius XM Travel Link and Traffic, and an enhanced navigation mapping. Internet searches will be handled by Microsoft's Bing, and phone connectivity will extend beyond the car with owners able to lock and unlock their cars and set the climate control.
Chrysler's press release indicates that Uconnect Access will first appear in the 2013 Ram 1500 and SRT Viper. An Automotive News report says Chrysler's head of Uconnect systems and services "hasn't yet announced" if the system will come to vehicles down the range, but our sister site Engadget has been tipped that it will be showing up in the Dodge Dart.
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:57 am by Jeep.
With automotive manufacturers from all over the globe trying their hand at making off-road vehicles, one can be forgiven for finding it increasingly difficult to wade through all of the offerings for the 2012 model year. Luckily, many automotive magazines and organizations can cut through the noise. We’re proud to announce that Total Car Score has named the Jeep® Grand Cherokee the Best Off-Road Vehicle for 2012.
A few things in particular stood out to the Total Car Score editorial team. They loved the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s available V8 engine, its superb off-road capabilities, and its excellent on-road driving dynamics. Whether it’s traveling over snow, rocks, mud, or the pavement, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is supremely capable while providing a luxurious, safe ride.
2012 has been a banner year for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In addition to being named SUV of the year, receiving accolades from buyers and winning praise for its value for the customer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has also been recognized with best in class vehicle satisfaction.