The All New 2014 Jeep Cherokee

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The re-release of the famous and capable Jeep Cherokee. Has Jeep become removed from its infamous off road capabilities and rugged drive train design in the new 2014 Cherokee? Will the Cherokee live up to its predecessors reputation?

In keeping up with the fuel efficiency and emissions the body style of the re-released Jeep Cherokee has become rounded for aerodynamics which has increased the fuel millage to 30 hwy mpg.

From a distance, it is difficult to tell the Cherokee from any other vehicle on the road. One of the features of the Cherokee since it’s release in 1974 has been its unique body style. With it’s release the term, “sport utility” appears for the first time in the 1974 sales brochure.  The  SJ series Jeep Cherokee was a full-size SUV, and was produced until 1983.

In 1984 Jeep released the new body style (the first unibody design)  which became the infamous Jeep XJ. This was produced from 1984 until 2001, when Jeep stopped producing the Cherokee. The XJ Jeep has been described as one of the 20 greatest cars of all time, and possibly the best SUV shape of all time. Due to its toughness and reliability, the XJ was also selected in 2011 as one of “10 cars that refuse to die”

In my opinion, one of the reasons that the Jeep XJ is such a capable vehicle is because of its solid front and rear axles and the sought after Dana 44 rear axle. What makes it so capable off road is it's approach and departure angles.

The aftermarket industry caught on to this in the 90s’ and now there is an abundance of suspension systems and front/rear steel bumpers with winch mounts which have made it even more capable and rugged.

Enter the 2014 rerelease. With an independent suspension system, with no solid  axles. To keep down the gross vehicle weight and add fuel efficiency, Jeep opted to go with a CV style independent suspension. With this design it is inherent that there will be more component wear.

The design of the interior of the vehicle is far more superior then the original, but where it seems to lack is the drivetrain. Will the aftermarket industry catch on to this vehicle, will it stand up to the test of time? or could it be the end of a legend.







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