Chrysler is making the unusual move of delaying the first media drives of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which were slated to start next week in Seattle. And while something like this is a rare occurrence, and one that most of the staff can't recall happening this publicly or so close to the event itself, it won't effect the actual on-sale date of the new Cherokee, which is set to hit showrooms in September.
So if you were anxious to meddle with the all-new Cherokee, you can head over to Jeep’s official website and start browsing through all the trim levels, colors, and options offered by the Toledo-based automaker.
Two engines are available - a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft. of torque, and an optional 3.2-liter version of Chrysler's Pentastar V6 that's rated at 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft. of torque. Both are paired with an efficient nine-speed gearbox that helps front-wheel-drive four - and six-cylinder models return 31 mpg and 29 mpg on the highway, respectively.
The mid-sized Cherokee, a replacement for the Jeep Liberty, is the first Jeep-brand vehicle to be based on a Fiat platform. It will mark the first use of a 9-speed automatic transmission which Chrysler has developed with German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen.