All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee set to tackle mid-size SUV segment


Jeep is resurrecting the storied Cherokee name for its all-new entry in the mid-size SUV segment. Using Chrysler Group’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform, the new Cherokee will have several Chrysler/Jeep firsts like the new nine-speed automatic (standard), first use of the new optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 (271 hp, 239 lb.-ft. of torque), new independent front and rear suspension, and more. The 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine (184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque) is standard. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes in four flavors Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited, and the Trail-Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Three four-wheel-drive systems are available and the new Trailhawk model (red and dark silver cars with black trim) is fully "Trail Rated" meaning the model is fully up to the needs of most ardent off-roaders. The standard features for each model as well as optional packages are outlined in the second press release, so check out the four very extensive releases for all the information you could want. While many have called the styling off-putting and odd, I like it (especially the Trailhawk with the black accents and wheels). Prices have not been announced, but the new Cherokee won't be a price-leader and could get quite expensive without judicious use of checkmarks on the options sheet. Expect things to start in the low to mid $20k range. The all-new Jeep Cherokee has gone into production at the Toledo (Ohio) plant, so the new Cherokee should be hitting the trail very soon. Fiat calls their showrooms studios. So check with your local Jeep Outpost for more info and availability dates.

Source: Jeep - Extensive press releases (4), pics (3), and video after the jump.
 


Press Release:
All-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee: No-compromise Mid-size SUV Sets a New Standard



Jeep® raises the bar with legendary benchmark capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy up to 31 mpg, revolutionary Jeep design with world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety and technology features

Best-in-class capability
  • Three new four-wheel-drive systems that raise the standard for mid-size SUVs:
    • Jeep® Active Drive I with one-speed power transfer unit (PTU)
    • Jeep Active Drive II with two-speed PTU and low range
    • Jeep Active Drive Lock with two-speed PTU, low range and locking rear differential
  • New Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock
  • Best-in-class V-6 towing capability – 4,500 pounds
  • Jeep Trail Rated capability
    • Up to a 56:1 crawl ratio, a 90-percent improvement versus the outgoing model
Vastly improved fuel economy – up to 31 mpg 
  • First SUV with nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Industry-first rear-axle disconnect resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed; improving fuel efficiency
  • 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I-4 delivers a more than 45-percent fuel economy improvement versus outgoing model and nearly 500-mile range
  • First use of Chrysler Group’s new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
Superior on-road ride and handling
  • First Jeep vehicle to utilize Chrysler Group’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform
  • New independent front and rear suspension
  • Increased torsional stiffness
  • Exceptionally quiet cabin
New Jeep design with world-class craftsmanship
  • New aerodynamic design cues combine Jeep heritage with advanced technology
  • Aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to leading capability Advanced LED lighting technology with distinctive daytime running lights
  • Premium, well-crafted interior with extensive use of soft-touch materials
  • Class-exclusive all-new CommandView panoramic sunroof and Sky Slider roof
Array of advanced, cutting edge technology features
  • Full-color 7-inch reconfigurable LED instrument cluster
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch color touchscreen media center
  • Uconnect Access Via Mobile
More than 70 advanced safety and security features
  • First Chrysler Group use of ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System aids the driver in parallel/perpendicular parking
Clever functionality and versatility
  • Second-row 60/40 split folding seat moves fore and aft for passenger comfort and cargo flexibility
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat with covered in-seat storage
  • Useful, clever storage features throughout the Cherokee cabin
  • Innovative Jeep Cargo Management System
There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee.

The renowned Cherokee name returns to the Jeep® vehicle lineup for the 2014 model year. The result – the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight consumers both on the road and on the trail.

“The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep Cherokee boasts a new design, a nine-speed automatic transmission and two advanced engines, class-leading capability from three innovative 4x4 systems, more than 70 safety features, and a host of new technology features.”


Jeep 4x4 capability
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee provides a choice of three innovative 4x4 systems for best-in-class 4x4 capability in all weather conditions. The Jeep Cherokee is the first mid-size SUV to feature rear-axle disconnect, resulting in reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed, improving fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver.

The Jeep Cherokee offers best-in-class V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds.

Jeep Active Drive I
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive I features a single power transfer unit (PTU) which is fully automatic and delivers seamless operation in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed. The system does not require any driver intervention or feedback, delivers yaw correction during dynamic events and improves both understeer and oversteer conditions.

Jeep Active Drive II
Available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models, Jeep Active Drive II includes a two-speed PTU with torque management and low range. 4-Low mode locks the front and rear drive shafts for low-speed power or towing. Low range provides a 2.92:1 gear reduction. The gear reduction allows for enhanced climbing ability as well outstanding crawl ratios for severe off-road conditions. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee with Jeep Active Drive II gives the off-road adventurer a ride height that is increased by an inch, a crawl ratio of 56:1 when powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine, and 47.8:1 when powered by the new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – up to a 90-percent improvement versus the outgoing model.

Jeep Active Drive Lock
Jeep Active Drive Lock includes all the features of Jeep Active Drive II and adds a locking rear differential for superior low-speed power for severe off-road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Lock is standard on all Trailhawk models.

All 4x4 systems feature the Jeep brand’s renowned Selec-Terrain traction control system, which allows the driver to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. Five customized settings are offered: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller and Selec-Speed Control (Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control).

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Trail Rated
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model exemplifies Jeep 4x4 capability with a distinctive, aggressive look, backed up by Jeep Trail Rated hardware, for the most capable Jeep Cherokee model and the most capable mid-size SUV in the segment. The Trailhawk includes as standard equipment aggressive approach and departure angles, complements of the unique front and rear fascias, one-inch factory lift, Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking rear differential, skid plates and signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low range terrain mode, but will lock automatically when in certain modes, such as “Rock,” to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a departure angle of 32.1 degrees and breakover angle of 23.3 degrees. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

World-class architecture
FIAT Group architecture is the basis for the underpinnings of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform’s proven modular architecture means many models can be built using the same basic underpinnings. The result is better quality and reliability, as well as lower costs, less development time and tooling. The architecture Cherokee is built on is comprised of common, modular and interchangeable components and allows for modularity of the wheelbase, front track, rear track, front overhang, length and width across vehicle lines.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s body structure has a high-strength steel content of roughly 65 percent. Hot stamped-, high-strength- and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight, solid vehicle architecture.

Superior on-road performance and fuel efficiency
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee premium on-road manners and fuel efficiency are a result of a number of efforts by Jeep engineers.

Powered by the choice of two new engines mated to a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, the all-new Cherokee delivers the power drivers appreciate on the road with fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent compared with the outgoing model. With expected highway fuel economy ratings of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg) and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles, the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee delivers drivers a no-compromise ownership experience.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee features Chrysler Group’s 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission, the first time a nine-speed automatic transmission has been used in the segment and is standard equipment in all models of the new Cherokee. The nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.

Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of Chrysler Group’s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 I-4 engine, which comes standard in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2.4-liter Tigershark engine offers up to an estimated 31 mpg highway fuel economy rating, a more than 45-percent improvement versus the outgoing model, and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles. The 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark I-4 engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque.

The acclaimed electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system uses a column of oil in place of the traditional mechanical link between the camshaft and intake valves. As a result, it delivers precise control of the intake-valve events – beginning and end – delivering reductions in engine-pumping losses and increases in volumetric efficiency.

In addition to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, MultiAir accounts for a fuel-economy boost of up to 7.5 percent, compared with engines with conventional valve trains.

The 2.4-liter is the third engine to feature MultiAir technology from Chrysler Group and features the second generation “MultiAir 2” system that further enhances combustion control, improves fuel efficiency and reduces exhaust emissions.

Performance ratings for the 2.4-liter engine are 184 horsepower (137 kW) and 171 lb.-ft. (232 Nm) of torque.

The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is the first derivative of the celebrated 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines three years running. The available new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine benefits from the same innovations that earned its larger displacement predecessor industry–wide acclaim for efficiency, power and refinement. For the driver, that means a refined driving experience with reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and an exceptional balance of higher specific power output (84.2 horsepower per liter) while delivering fuel economy improvements of 30 percent versus the outgoing V-6 engine. The 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 271 horsepower, 239 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers best-in-class V-6 towing of 4,500 pounds.

The all new Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV sports a new front independent suspension with MacPherson struts and a new rear independent multi-link suspension. The front suspension provides 6.7 inches of travel while the rear suspension provides up to 7.8 inches of travel for better articulation. The isolated rear cradle, aluminum front crossmember and superior torsional rigidity all contribute to the quieter, smoother ride and superior handling characteristics drivers will experience in the Cherokee.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with an electronic power steering system (EPS) that improves fuel efficiency and contributes to the Jeep Cherokee’s nimbleness with a turn circle radius of approximately 36 feet in 4x2 models, approximately 38 feet in 4x4 models and roughly 39 feet in the Trailhawk off-road model. With EPS all of the power assist is provided via an electric motor system rather than a traditional hydraulic system. Because the system is fully electronic, the driver experiences optimal steering effort at all vehicle speeds, and there is less noise and better fuel efficiency since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump.

Design
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV debuts a new exterior designed for the future with a global appeal. Jeep designers were inspired to create a vehicle that moves Jeep into the next era with a shape that is efficient without losing Jeep DNA and design heritage. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a vehicle that not only looks efficient and capable, but is efficient and capable - in all on-road, trail and weather conditions.

Fluid, sleek exterior lines highlight the efficient, wind-splitting upper body of the all-new Cherokee. The rugged, protective lower body conveys the legendary capability that is characteristic of every Jeep.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a powerful stance, an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and a commanding road presence. The aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to the best-in-class capability. The first key feature in the front of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the iconic peaked, seven-slotted grille which includes a crisp, horizontal snap – a feature in many classic Jeep vehicles. The hood is clearly defined and separated from the front fenders in a modern twist of Jeep heritage. The one-piece hood and grille assembly ensures a precise build.

Advanced LED lighting technology is used throughout the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting features a unique daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that plays a dominant role in the fresh front-end proportion, giving the impression of a slim headlamp. Contemporary full LED tail lamps are an integral part of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle look stronger yet harmonious. This graphic is the connection between the upper and lower rear and brings a unique presence specific to this all-new Cherokee.

The Trail Rated 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model takes rugged design and capability to a whole new level. With exclusive exterior and interior colors, functional differences such as Jeep signature red front tow hooks, skid plates underneath and aggressive front and rear fascias add to the rugged exterior appearance and deliver exemplary approach and departure angles for class-leading 4x4 capability, resulting in the most capable mid-size SUV in the market.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers customers two industry-exclusive open-air options – the new CommandView panoramic sunroof or the Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.

The interior of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is modern, inviting and comfortable. A sophisticated, refined design, hand-sculpted forms, signature Jeep design cues, high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and attention-to-detail raise the bar in the mid-size SUV segment. A driver-oriented cockpit loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology, clever, thoughtful storage features and more than 70 available safety and security features including 10 standard air bags give the driver and passengers everything they want for any adventure they undertake.

Inspiration for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV interior included countries and terrain around the world that brought beautiful imagery to mind. The Cherokee interior is a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality materials, innovative color and material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and features that drivers and passengers appreciate.

Premium materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle – the door uppers and armrests, the center armrest, the upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin.

Seats in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and available as power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. Premium cloth fabrics include a unique interlocking graphic. The 60/40 split second-row seats adjust fore and aft for increased passenger comfort and cargo flexibility.

Unique features such as the available heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, an available wireless charging pad and many more will delight both drivers and passengers alike.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that are intuitive, easy-to-use.

The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 3.5-inch grayscale or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The easy-to-use instrument cluster displays the basic information a driver needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add information they desire, similar to an iPhone.

The driver can select from a multitude of information that can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster including turn-by-turn navigation, speed, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, available Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, audio information and Jeep-specific features including Selec-Terrain.

The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (first Chrysler Group availability) is displayed in the center of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The graphic walks the driver through the steps necessary to utilize the park assist system. Jeep designer’s passion for the brand shines through in the park assist screen, which features a 1941 Jeep Willys graphic on each side of the open parking space.

An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center – the largest in the segment – or the standard 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command center are attractive, intuitive and easy-to-use, and located in the center stack. The 2014 Cherokee equipped with the Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate, heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, navigation, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeart Radio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability.

The class-exclusive Jeep Cargo Management System makes the most of the cargo space in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. A universal module rack is mounted on the side in the rear cargo area and provides for hooks and a removable grocery bag. Other optional accessories compatible with the system are available through Mopar and include an off-road accessory kit for Trailhawk models that features a tow rope, gloves and more; cargo bin, cargo mat, foldable cooler and first aid/emergency kit are just some of the accessories available that mount securely to the rack for secure storage solutions the adventurous customer desires.

Safety and Security
The new Cherokee was engineered with more than 70 available safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee starts with a strong foundation constructed with 65 percent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive safety and security features, including: Chrysler Group vehicle firsts ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and Lane Departure Warning-Plus; 9-1-1 assist call; ESC; Electronic Roll Mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and 10 standard air bags.

The ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist feature in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a first in a Chrysler Group vehicle. Using ultrasonic parking sensors on the bumper the system will find and guide customer into an available parking space when the driver initiates parking maneuver. The parking guidance system controls the steering angle automatically, the driver controls the gear position, brake, and accelerator. Parallel parking is possible on either side of the car; during perpendicular parking, the vehicle is backed into the space.

Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, a first for a Chrysler Group vehicle, is significant for its capacity to bring the vehicle to a complete stop without driver intervention in certain conditions. Radar and video sensors identify the locations of vehicles traveling ahead of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The sensors also help ensure the vehicles are separated by a gap determined by the driver. If the gap is dramatically breached, the ESC system can aggressively deploy the vehicle’s brakes to affect a full stop, even if the driver never touches the brake pedal. To resume travel, the driver need only press a button on the steering wheel or tap the accelerator pedal.

Forward Collision Warning-Plus, another Chrysler Group first, addresses traffic-gap changes when Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus is inactive. When radar and video sensors detect a fast-closing obstacle ahead, the system pre-fills the brakes to prepare for emergency driver intervention. If collision risk remains, Forward Collision Warning-Plus correspondingly ratchets up the response with:
  • audible and visual warnings
  • a brief brake deployment to alert the driver
  • a 1.5-second brake deployment to quicken the driver’s reaction time
  • deployment of Advanced Brake Assist (ABA) if the driver is not braking aggressively enough
Lane Departure Warning-Plus, which is offered for the first time in a Chrysler Group vehicle, uses a camera-based vision sensor to establish the Jeep Cherokee’s position on the road. If there occurs an unintentional lane drift, determined by trajectory change and the absence of turn-signal activation, the system will deliver a visual warning and a haptic warning – the subtle introduction of torque from the electric power steering (EPS) system. If the driver unintentionally drifts too far, the system provides a secondary visual warning.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts numbers that make the difference for the SUV customer that cares about fuel economy and capability in all weather conditions — fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent, more than 70 safety and security features, numerous industry and segment “firsts,” a nine-speed automatic transmission, a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly 500 miles driving range on a tank of gasoline and three new, innovative 4x4 systems that deliver legendary Jeep capability including crawl ratios of 56:1 with the 2.4-liter engine and 47.8:1 with the 3.2-liter engine, an improvement of up to 90 percent versus the outgoing model.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV segment, the largest SUV segment in North America, with roughly 2 million sales in 2012.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the third quarter 2013. Customers can choose from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the rugged, Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

The Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will offer consumers 11 different exterior colors from which to choose: Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Eco Green Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Auburn Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Anvil Clear Coat.

The Cherokee is built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant.





Press Release:
The Jeep® Brand: Freedom, Authenticity, Adventure and Passion

All-new 2014 Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep® 4x4 capability with “no-compromise” on-road ride and handling and fuel economy of up to 31 miles per gallon

For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Jeep® brand has been closely linked with the ideas of freedom, authenticity, adventure and passion:
  • Freedom: Jeep vehicles have long been known as the “original fun and freedom machines,” those that “go anywhere and do anything.” And from its beginning, freedom was at the forefront of the Jeep brand, given the role Jeep vehicles played in World War II
  • Authenticity: Being true to its heritage with an unwavering commitment to leading capability and strength engineered into all Jeep vehicles
  • Adventure: Doers, dreamers, discovery and “going anywhere, doing anything”
  • Passion: Enthusiasm held by Jeep team members and vehicle owners for the unique lifestyle and vehicles offered by the Jeep brand Jeep® – the original sport-utility vehicle (SUV) – has been delivering these attributes since 1941.
In 2012, the Jeep brand set a new, all-time global sales record of 701,626 units, bettering the brand’s previous annual high of 675,494 units sold in 1999. In addition, each major global region recorded increased Jeep sales compared with 2011. Specifically, Jeep sales in the Asia-Pacific region rose 94 percent; sales in European markets rose 29 percent; and sales in Latin American markets rose 18 percent. In China – the largest automobile market in the world – Jeep remains the fastest-growing mainstream brand, with sales up 107 percent in 2012. In the United States, Jeep has regained its number-one position in the SUV market.

All-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee enters the mid-size SUV segment by delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, improved fuel economy of more than 45 percent, superior ride, handling and on-road dynamics and innovative, class-leading safety and technology features. With a revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship inside and out and thoughtful features customers will appreciate, the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee shakes up the mid-size SUV segment as the no-compromise choice.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee boasts numbers that make the difference for the SUV customer that cares about fuel economy and capability in all weather conditions with fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent and more than 70 safety and security features. The Cherokee also has numerous “firsts” for the mid-size SUV segment, including a nine-speed automatic transmission, a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine with 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque and a driving range of nearly 500 miles on a tank of gasoline, and three new innovative 4x4 systems that deliver legendary Jeep capability including crawl ratios of 56:1 with the 2.4-liter engine and 47.8:1 with the 3.2-liter engine, an improvement of up to 90 percent versus the outgoing model.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV segment, the largest SUV segment in North America, with roughly 2 million sales in 2012.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the third quarter 2013. Customers can choose from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Cherokee Limited and the Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The Cherokee is built in the United States at the Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport
The Jeep Cherokee Sport model delivers a sleek, athletic design, world-class craftsmanship, fuel economy of up to 31 miles per gallon (mpg), a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission and legendary Jeep capability in all weather conditions with a price point customers will value.

The Cherokee Sport model is powered by the new 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine which produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of nearly 500 miles.

Standard equipment includes: Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform and high-strength steel body, drivetrain with rear axle disconnect, black power mirrors and door handles, Uconnect 5.0-inch touchscreen media center with Bluetooth and a media hub that offers USB, SD and auxiliary ports and charging capability, a new 3.5-inch full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) LED center cluster, cloth seats with driver and passenger manual height adjuster, driver-seat back pocket, 60/40 split rear seat that reclines and adjusts fore and aft with armrest and cup holder, acoustic, laminated front windshield, power windows with driver one-touch down, sliding sun visors with illuminated mirrors, cargo management system, 10 air bags including multistage driver and front passenger air bags, driver and front-passenger knee bags, front- and second-row seat-mounted side air bags, supplemental all-row side curtain air bags; LED tail lamps and daytime running lamps, halogen projector headlamps, bright exhaust tip, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, Hill-start Assist, electric power steering, electric park brake, cruise control, air conditioning with rear outlets, remote keyless entry, power remote open fuel door, tire pressure monitoring system with four tire display, tire inflator kit and 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires.

Optional equipment and packages for the 2014 Cherokee Sport include: Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 system, Jeep Active Drive II, Selec-Terrain drive mode selector, remote CD player, wireless charging pad, security alarm, SiriusXM Radio, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, 17-inch aluminum wheels, engine block heater, Cold Weather Group, Trailer-tow Group and Smoker’s Group.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude model is the volume model for the Cherokee lineup and is packed with a surprising amount of standard and available features. The Cherokee Latitude model includes all the standard equipment found on the Sport model as well as: body color power mirrors and door handles, bright daylight opening (DLO) molding and roof rails, deep tint sunscreen glass, fog lamps, power windows with one-touch up and down, premium cloth seats, front passenger fold-flat seat with in-seat storage space, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient LED interior lighting, new 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning with integrated center stack controls, 115-volt outlet and compact spare tire.

Optional equipment and packages on the Jeep Cherokee Latitude includes: new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of 460 miles, Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 system, Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 system, Selec-Terrain drive mode selector, 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect radio, remote CD player, wireless charging pad, 506-watt Alpine premium audio with nine speakers and subwoofer, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, engine block heater, Cold Weather Group, Comfort/Convenience Group, Trailer-tow Group and Smoker’s Group.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited model offers the discerning customer luxury amenities at an affordable price point. The Cherokee Limited features the standard equipment of the Latitude model as well as leather heated power seats, Keyless Enter-N-Go, automatic headlamps, heated, signal mirrors with approach/courtesy lamps, bright lower fascia appliques front and rear, security alarm, new 18-inch polished/painted aluminum wheels with all-season tires, 8-way power driver seat with 4-way power driver lumbar adjust, 7-inch full-color, thin film transistor, reconfigurable instrument cluster, 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, SiriusXM Radio, USB in instrument panel media center for iPod, dual-zone automatic temperature control, auto-dim rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, leather-wrapped shift knob and cargo net.

Optional equipment and packages include: new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of 460 miles, Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, Selec-Terrain drive mode selector, Uconnect Access 8.4N HD radio with navigation and 8.4-inch touchscreen, remote CD player, wireless charging pad, 506-watt Alpine audio with nine speakers and subwoofer, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, engine block heater, Cold Weather Group, Technology Group, Comfort/Convenience Group, Trailer Tow Group, Luxury Group and Smoker’s Group.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model is the ultimate expression of off-road ruggedness and performance delivering best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability.

The Cherokee Trailhawk includes the standard equipment of the Cherokee Latitude model, as well as unique off-road front and rear fascias, off-road wheel flares, red tow hooks, skid plates, off-road suspension, one-inch increased ride height, heavy-duty engine cooling and auxiliary transmission oil cooler, Jeep Active Drive Lock 4x4 system with low range and locking rear axle, Selec-Terrain drive mode selector, new Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent Control and Hill-descent Control, heated, power mirrors, accent color mirrors, grille surrounds, lower fascia appliques and roof rails, black DLO moldings, red “Trail Rated” and “Trailhawk” badges, new 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and OWL all-terrain tires, full-size spare tire, exclusive cloth interior, red accent stitching on instrument panel brow, seats, door armrests, center console lid, shifter boot and console netting, red “Trailhawk” tag on console netting, leather-wrapped shift knob, 7-inch full-color, thin-film transistor, reconfigurable instrument cluster, 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, SiriusXM Radio, USB in instrument panel media center, cargo net and all-weather slush floor mats.

Optional equipment and packages include: new 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque and a driving range on a tank of gasoline of 460 miles, matte black hood decal, Uconnect Access 8.4N HD radio with navigation and 8.4-inch touchscreen, remote CD player, wireless charging pad, 506-watt Alpine audio with nine speakers and subwoofer, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, SkySlider open air sunroof, engine block heater, Cold Weather Group, Technology Group, Comfort/Convenience Group, Trailer-tow Group, Leather Interior Group and Smoker’s Group.

Optional package content
  • Cold Weather Group: all models get heated front seats, heated steering wheel, remote start, windshield wiper de-icer, all-weather floor mats. Sport models add leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning with integrated center stack controls, the Sport and Latitude models add heated outside mirrors
  • Comfort/Convenience Group: cargo net, tonneau cover, rearview auto-dim mirror with microphone, Keyless Enter-N-Go with passive entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic temperature control with air filtration and humidity sensor, power eight-way driver seat with power four-way lumbar adjust, power liftgate, automatic headlamps, security alarm, SiriusXM Radio, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, remote start system and universal garage door opener
  • Leather Interior Group: all models get Nappa leather seats, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. On Cherokee Limited models package also includes cargo area tonneau cover, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, windshield wiper de-icer and Trailhawk models add eight-way power driver seat with four-way driver lumbar
  • Luxury Group: Nappa Leather seats with perforated inserts, ventilated front seats, radio/mirrors/heating and cooling/driver seat memory, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and remote start
  • Technology Group: Advanced brake assist, heated mirrors with signals, approach and courtesy lamps, rain-sensitive wipers, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, automatic high-beam headlamp control, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, ParkSense front and rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist with stop
  • Trailer Tow Group: Auxiliary trans oil cooler, trailer tow wiring harness and 13-, 7- and 4-pin connectors, class III hitch receiver, full-size spare tire and heavy-duty engine cooling with 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 equipped vehicles
  • Smoker’s Group: removable ash tray, cigar lighter 
2014 Jeep Cherokee demographics
Jeep Cherokee customers are without question adventurous in nature but want to feel safe while in their vehicles. They look for reliability, fuel efficiency and a balance between comfort and performance. They are people who want to keep the idea of freedom alive.

The Jeep Cherokee owner also tends to be more affluent, will seek new experiences and wants variety in their lives. They want a vehicle with the latest technology that’s user friendly and enhances their driving experience.

The primary Jeep Cherokee customer is evenly split male/female with approximately 50 percent of consumers female and 50 percent male. The primary customer has a median age range from 35 to 48 years old, approximately 80 percent are Gen X members and 20 percent Millenials. Approximately 60 percent have college degrees while 70 percent are married and 25 percent have children. Median household income is $80,000.

Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

Whether identified by their ownership of multiple Jeep vehicles, or their regular attendance at branded events, or by their abundance of Jeep gear – branded products from clothing to baby strollers – Jeep owners all have one common trail: a Jeep vehicle delivering benchmark all-weather capability that allows them to go anywhere and do anything. It’s not unusual to see Jeep vehicles sporting a bumper sticker that reads, “It’s a Jeep thing…you wouldn’t understand.”

To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.






Press Release:
All-New 2014 Jeep® Cherokee Loaded with More Than 70 Available Advanced Safety and Security Features

New features include Chrysler Group firsts: ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Forward Collision Warning-Plus
  • The all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee is the first Chrysler Group vehicle equipped ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver into parking spaces
  • Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and under certain conditions, can bring the vehicle to a full stop without driver intervention
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus deploys brakes to alert the driver about impact risk and assist with driver response
  • Lane Departure Warning-Plus leverages electronic power steering (EPS) to deliver a torque-input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action
  • 10 standard air bags on every model including seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags in both rows and full-length side-curtain air bags
  • 9-1-1 Assist Call featuring mirror-mounted buttons for emergency services, roadside assistance, Uconnect Customer Care and non-collision related emergencies
Safety and security were at the forefront in the development of the all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee. The new Cherokee was engineered with more than 70 available safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee starts with a strong foundation constructed with 65 percent high-strength steel. Engineers then added both active and passive safety and security features, including ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist – a first for a Chrysler Group vehicle; Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus; Forward Collision Warning-Plus; Lane Departure Warning-Plus; electronic stability control; electronic roll mitigation; Blind-spot Monitoring; Rear Cross Path detection; ParkView rear back up camera with dynamic grid lines and 10 standard air bags.

Standard and available safety and security features on the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee include:
1. 9-1-1 call/Assist Call: Mirror-mounted buttons for emergency services, roadside assistance, Uconnect Customer Care and non-collision related emergencies
2. Active turn signals: Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second to indicate a lane change
3. Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus: Helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and under certain conditions, can bring the vehicle to a full stop without driver intervention
4. Adaptive headlamps: Headlamps that aim light in the direction of the turned steering wheel, helping illuminate the road in a curve/turn and improving visibility and reaction time
5. Advanced multistage air bags: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact. Meets FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants
6. All-row full-length side-curtain air bags: Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. This type of air bag is housed in the headliner just above side windows
7. All-speed traction control system: Part of the standard anti-lock brake system (ABS), helps keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during all speeds by applying individual brakes alone or in combination with engine torque limitation to prevent wheel slip
8. Anti-lock brake system (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
9. Anti-lock brake system with rough-road detection: Anti-lock brake system is capable of detecting if the vehicle is driving on a rough road by the oscillations in the wheel speed signals. Rough road is detected on off-road surfaces or trails, and ABS enters a different pressure control where it will hold the brake pressure for longer pulses
10. Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror: Auto-dimming mirror automatically reduces glare from bright light allowing the driver to have a clearer view of the road ahead
11. Auto-dimming rear-view mirror: Auto-dimming mirror automatically reduces glare from bright light allowing the driver to have a clearer view of the road ahead
12. Automatic headlamps: Headlamps turn on and off automatically depending on exterior light levels and when the windshield wipers are turned on or off
13. Automatic high-beam headlamps: Headlamp system adjusts to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting
14. Auto-reverse sunroof: The sunroof automatically reverses when it senses there an obstruction during closing
15. Auto-reverse windows: The window automatically reverses when it senses there an obstruction during closing
16. BeltAlert: Activates a chime and/or illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without belted front-seat occupants
17. Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime
18. Brake assist: In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, minimizing the stopping distance
19. Brake-lock differential system (BLDS): Allows the vehicle to maintain forward motion if one or two wheels lose traction by selectively and aggressively applying brakes to the spinning wheels
20. Brake-throttle override: Allows driver to stop the vehicle when throttle and brake inputs occur simultaneously; electronic throttle control reduces engine-power output until vehicle stops or pedal inputs cease
21. Brake/park interlock: Prevents the transmission from being shifted out of “Park” unless the brake pedal is pushed
22. Brake traction-control system (BTCS): Helps to keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during slow speeds by applying individual brakes to the slipping wheel(s)
23. Child seat anchor system: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
24. Child-protection rear door locks: Disables the rear doors’ inside-release handle by adjusting a small lever on the door-shut face
25. Constant-force retractors (CFR): Regulates the force exerted on the occupant by the seat belt, and then gradually releases seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner
26. Daytime running lamps (DRL): Low-intensity halogen or signature LED lights that illuminate during daytime conditions, increasing the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers
27. Driver’s side knee air bag: Located below the instrument panel, the knee air bag deploys when the driver air bag deploys and is designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection
28. Electric parking brake (EPB): Utilizes Parking Brake switch mounted in the center console, a motor on caliper (MOC) at each rear wheel and an electronic control module. Four modes of operation: static apply and release, dynamic apply, drive away release and safe hold
29. Electronic brake-force distribution: Assists the driver to optimize stopping distances and control under all vehicle loading conditions by regulating braking pressure front-to-rear
30. Electronic locking fuel filler door: Prevents theft or tampering of the gas cap which can lead to inefficiency and unwanted release of fuel vapors
31. Electronic roll mitigation (ERM): An extension of electronic stability control (ESC). Uses input from ESC sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation, then applies the brakes individually and modulates the throttle position as needed
32. Electronic stability control (ESC): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there is a discernible difference between driver input through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input to guide the vehicle back on to the driver’s intended path
33. Energy-absorbing steering column: The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management 
34. Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS): Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking doors after air bag deployment. Also shuts off flow of fuel to the engine
35. Express up/down windows: One-touch powered express up/down window button located on the front driver and passenger-side door
36. Forward Collision Warning-Plus: Utilizes Radar and Video sensors to detect whether the Cherokee is approaching another vehicle or large obstacle in its path too rapidly and will warn or assist the driver in avoiding/mitigating the incident
37. Front and rear crumple zones: Specially formed structural members that crumple and absorb energy in a collision, helping protect the occupant cabin
38. Front seat-belt adaptive/active load limiters: Designed to optimize the chest loading in an impact event
39. Front seat-belt pretensioners: During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners to remove slack in the seat belt system, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso
40. Front-seat mounted side pelvic thorax bags: Provide enhanced protection to the driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side air bags are housed within the outboard side of each front seat
41. Front-passenger side knee air bag: Located below the instrument panel, the knee air bag deploys when the front passenger air bag deploys and is designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection
42. Global position sensor (GPS): Used for navigation guidance and electronic vehicle tracking
43. Height-adjustable seat belts: Outboard seat belts feature height adjustment, allowing for the seat belt to be placed in the optimal position for any driver
44. Hill-start Assist (HSA): Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after a driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released
45. Inside emergency tailgate release: Features a glow in the dark handle on the inside of the tailgate that unlatches the door should an occupant become trapped in the cargo area
46. Keyless Enter-N-Go: When an individual enters the vehicle, electronic sensors detect if the vehicle key fob is present. The vehicle will then allow the individual to push a button to start the vehicle without having to insert the key into the ignition
47. Lane Departure Warning-Plus: Plus leverages electronic power steering (EPS) to deliver a torque-input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action
48. LED taillamps: Provide dual function illumination (brake, stop, turn and running light functions) with harmonious and consistent illumination throughout the taillamp due to individual illumination points
49. Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): State-of-the-art GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recovery system. EVTS includes nationwide tracking including 24/7 emergency service dispatch, security fence, arrival/departure notification, excessive speed notification and trace maps of past locations
50. Occupant Restraint Controller: Detects an impact and determines whether a crash is severe enough to trigger air bag deployment and whether the primary or secondary stage inflation is sufficient. In addition, the controller detects side impacts and determines whether the rail-curtain and side seat-mounted (thorax protection) air bags should deploy. Engagement of front seat-belt pretensioners are also managed through the controller
51. ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist: Using ultrasonic parking sensors on the bumper the system will find and guide customer into parking space when the driver initiates parking maneuver. The parking guidance system automatically controls the steering angle; the driver controls the gear position, brake, and accelerator. Parallel parking is possible on either side of the car; during perpendicular parking, the vehicle is backed into the space
52. ParkSense front and rear park assist systems with stop and release: The system utilizes ultrasonic sensors at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects. If it is determined that a collision is imminent the system will provide a momentary, autonomous brake apply/brake jerk then release. At speeds below 7 kph the system will bring the vehicle to a stop before releasing
53. ParkView rear backup camera: Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, giving the driver greater peace of mind before reversing at low speeds. Contains dynamic grid lines to aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. Also aids in lining up a trailer to the vehicle’s trailer hitch, when so equipped. The image is displayed on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse
54. Rain Brake Support: Uses the ESC pump to occasionally push brake pads lightly against brake rotors in rainy conditions in order to keep rotors dry
55. Rain-sensing wipers: A driver convenience feature that automatically senses moisture on the windshield and activates wipers
56. Reactive head restraints: Deploy in the event of a rear collision. Restraints are designed to reduce injuries by minimizing the gap between the head restraint and the passenger’s head
57. Ready Alert Braking (RAB): Anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application
58. Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection: In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime
59. Rear-seat mounted side pelvic thorax bags: Provide enhanced protection to the outboard rear seat passengers in certain impacts. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side air bags are housed within the outboard side of each rear seat
60. Remote keyless entry: Locks and unlocks doors and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system
61. Remote start: Conveniently starts the engine and activates key comfort settings based on ambient conditions by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security
62. Safety cage body structure: Protects occupants by managing and controlling energy in the event of an impact
63. Security alarm: Deters vandalism and theft, frequently lowering insurance premiums. System protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring door-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry
64. Selec-Speed Control: Featuring both Hill-descent Control and new Hill-ascent Control, this feature allows Cherokee to both climb and descend steep grades with minimal driver input
65. Sentry Key engine immobilizer: Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds
66. Side guard door beams: Reinforcement beams inside the doors that increase occupant protection in a side collision
67. SiriusXM Travel Link: Real-time traffic updates, local fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie locations and times all featured in this subscription-based system provided by SiriusXM Radio
68. SmartBeam headlamps: Headlamp system adjusts to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting
69. Supplemental turn signals: Signal lamp built into the housing of exterior mirrors allows turn signals to be viewed from the front, as well as the sides and rear of the vehicle in order to alert oncoming traffic and pedestrians
70. Three-point seat belts: Front outboard seating positions and all rear seating positions have lap and shoulder belts
71. Tilt-and-telescoping steering column with memory: Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver air bag, if deployed
72. Tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) system – Lock-on Sync: Informs driver when tire pressure is too low. Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system. Tire pressure monitoring system self-learns tire position after rotation or tire is moved to a new location
73. Trailer-sway control (TSC): Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic. The system monitors the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path, then applies alternating brake pressure to slow the vehicle and then increases the pressure on one front wheel in order to counteract the sway induced by the trailer
74. Uconnect Voice Command: An in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. When the Bluetooth phone is initially connected, the contact list is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. It also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM/FM and SiriusXM Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility

Press Release:
All-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee Design: Progressive Exterior and a Sculpted, Beautifully Crafted Interior

Jeep Design cues prevalent inside and out
  • All-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee unveils a fresh form language for the Jeep brand: a modern approach with a fluid, yet rugged, design
  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee features authenti
  • Jeep heritage, designed for the future with a global appeal
  • Best-in-class capability with aggressive approach and departure angles and rugged, protective lower body on Trailhawk models 2014 Cherokee displays a powerful stance, aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and commanding road presence
  • Inviting and comfortable interior with hand-sculpted forms
  • Well-crafted interior components offer world-class levels of fit and finish with high-quality materials
  • All-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is loaded with state-of-the-art, high-tech, easy-to-use features and thoughtful amenities that will surprise and delight customers
The all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) debuts a progressive exterior designed for the future with a global appeal. Fluid, sleek exterior lines highlight the efficient, wind-splitting upper body of the all-new Cherokee. The tough, protective lower body conveys the legendary capability that is characteristic of every Jeep. The rugged lower and smooth upper body is divided by the key waterline feature that connects the exterior 360 degrees.

The interior of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is modern, inviting and comfortable. A sophisticated, new design, hand-sculpted forms, signature Jeep design cues, high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and attention-to-detail raises the bar in the mid-size SUV segment. A cockpit loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology; clever, thoughtful storage features and 70 available safety and security features – including 10 standard air bags – give the driver and passengers everything they want for any adventure they take.

2014 Jeep Cherokee exterior design
Jeep designers were inspired to create a vehicle that remains true to the brand while moving it into the next era with a shape that is as efficient as the vehicle and ages gracefully without losing the DNA that makes it a Jeep. The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee not only looks efficient and capable, but is efficient and capable – on-road, off-road and in all weather conditions.

“Our objective with the Cherokee was to visually convey that this is an all-new Jeep while still communicating legendary best-in-class capability,” said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design — Chrysler Group LLC. “But the rest of the equation has changed. Our vision was a smooth and flowing upper body with signature Jeep cues such as the peaked seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel arches and the functional ‘kink’ in the beltline mated to a tough, durable lower body. We wanted a design that is fluid and efficient yet still rugged and looks at home on the trail or at the theater.”

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a powerful stance, an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion and a commanding road presence. The aggressive approach and departure angles contribute to the best-in-class capability.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed with integrated aerodynamic features to reduce drag and assist in improving fuel economy. Aerodynamically designed features include:
  • Fully integrated, aerodynamic tuned body
  • Extensive rear spoiler
  • Integrated underbelly pans
  • Integrated sill aero spats
  • Tail lamp design meant to kick air off the side of the body
  • Lightweight aluminum wheels that were scrutinized for aero efficiency
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee incorporates subtle, signature Jeep cues throughout. At the front, Jeep designers subtly integrated a Wrangler outline into the front-end graphic.

The key waterline feature efficiently connects the rugged lower and smooth upper body.

The first key feature in the front of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the iconic peaked, seven-slotted grille which includes a crisp, horizontal snap – a feature in many classic Jeep vehicles including the previous SJ, XJ, YJ and TJ models. The hood is clearly defined and separated from the front fenders in a modern twist of Jeep heritage. The one-piece hood and grille assembly ensures a precise build.

Advanced LED lighting technology is used throughout the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting features a very unique daytime running lamp (DRL) shape, which plays a dominant role in the fresh front-end proportion giving the impression of a slim headlamp. A well-hidden projector headlamp is almost in disguise below the DRLs, near the dark fascia. DRL feature lamps are placed high for water fording.

The front of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee visually flows through the rest of the vehicle with windows that link together, with the fast front windshield speeding to the backlight.

The sides of the Cherokee project a fluid tension in surface execution and feature the signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel arches. The rich chrome appearance of the daylight opening (DLO) shape and execution draws a close relationship to the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee creating consistency across the Jeep lineup. The diving DLO line with kick-up draws inspiration from the iconic half doors on the Jeep Wrangler. This function of the drop-down DLO allows the driver better visibility while spotting obstacles on the trail, and creates a beautiful form on the road.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers a choice of two open-air roof options. The new CommandView dual-pane sunroof is available for the first time in a mid-size SUV, as well as the industry-exclusive SkySlider open-air sunroof.

The rear of the new Cherokee is highlighted by the contemporary full LED tail lamps which are an integral part of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle look stronger yet harmonious. This shape is the connection between the upper and lower rear as an interlocking graphic statement that brings a unique presence specific to this all-new Cherokee.

The lower fascia of the rear of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed to allow for every license plate across the globe. The rear fascia also carries Jeep Cherokee-specific rear fog lamps and reflex.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a design that is very adaptable.

The Trail Rated 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model takes rugged design and capability to a whole new level. Exclusive exterior and interior colors, functional differences such as signature red front tow hooks, skid plates, and wider fender flares to accommodate aggressive all-terrain tires all add to Cherokee’s rugged exterior appearance.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available in four different models: Jeep Cherokee Sport, Jeep Cherokee Latitude, Jeep Cherokee Limited and the Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

The Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV will offer consumers 11 different exterior colors from which to choose: Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Eco Green Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Auburn Pearl Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Anvil Clear Coat.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Interior Design
The inspiration for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee interior included exotic locations and terrain around the world that brought beautiful imagery to mind. The Cherokee interior is a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality materials, innovative color and material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features. It is inviting and comfortable.

“The Jeep brand is well-known around the world, so when we were designing the Cherokee interior, we looked to the world for inspiration,” said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design. “Exotic countries such as Morocco, legendary terrain such as Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, and iconic landscapes including the Grand Canyon were the inspiration for the color, tones and finishes used in the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Jeep, the go-anywhere do-anything SUV is forever connected with nature, so there is no better inspiration for the new interior of the Cherokee than some of the most intriguing landscapes around the world.”

The 2014 Cherokee interior was designed using four key principals:
  • Make an emotional design impact
  • Use high-quality materials
  • Include state-of-the-art technology
  • Develop clever storage features that use the interior space wisely
Emotional design When Jeep designers started work on the all-new interior of the 2014 Cherokee, they envisioned using unique elements to create an interior identity that customers can only get in an American icon.

The Jeep brand’s recent Grand Cherokee and Wrangler introductions set the foundation for a new direction in interiors that the new Cherokee builds upon. Hand-sculpted, fluid shapes are found throughout the cabin. The interior has a strong, striking appearance but also has graceful movement. The water line is wing-like, reminiscent of an eagle soaring with its wings spread wide, supporting the instrument panel. The fluid shapes carry from the instrument panel around to the door panels. The sculptured appearance of the instrument panel is juxtaposed with the architectural detail of the air vents, evoking the exposed structure of a building or vertebrae in a skeleton.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee stays true to the Jeep brand inspiration from the brand’s heritage. The signature trapezoidal plan view feature line is classic Jeep, reminiscent of the trapezoidal wheel arches on the exterior. The center stack bezel is inspired by the outline of the front grille of the 1940s Willys Jeep and continues the design language of its larger sibling, the Grand Cherokee.

The well-crafted components in the interior offer world-class levels of fit and finish.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is available with five interior choices inspired from exotic locations and landscapes around the world.

The country of Morocco at night was the inspiration for the black interiors. When the sun sets in Morocco the light reflects the shapes and brings them to the light. There is high contrast with golden tones. Morocco interior is black with warm Moroccan Sun accent stitching, providing a contrast to the black. Morocco is available in cloth or leather and is a choice on all trim levels of the Cherokee.

Iceland was the inspiration for the black/light gray interiors. The cool hues reflect the Icelandic ocean and the cold terrain. The gray isn’t too warm. It stays neutral. Silver accents complement the cool tone of the black and gray interior. Iceland is available in cloth or leather and is an option on Cherokee Sport, Latitude and Limited models.

Kilimanjaro inspired the Trailhawk-exclusive interior. The mountain and the Masai tribe that lives in the region influenced the design. The Jeep brown interior with red accents was born of the red hue of the earth in the region, the result of high sulfur content from volcanic eruptions over the years, giving the ground a red hue. Red is also a dominant color for the Masai tribe. The fabric in the cloth seats resembles a handmade basket weave. Golden-tone accents finish out the warm interior. Kilimanjaro interior is cloth with leather trim and is exclusive to the Cherokee Trailhawk model.

The Jeep brown interior was inspired by the Grand Canyon, American nature at its best. Based on the hues in the rocks of the Grand Canyon, the warm, rich brown features golden-tone accent stitching. Grand Canyon is a cloth interior and is available on Cherokee Latitude models.

An image of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy inspired the Jeep-exclusive dark brown and Indigo Blue leather interior, Vesuvio. The dark brown and dark blue colors are highlighted with white accent stitching and silver trim. Vesuvio is available as a leather interior on Cherokee Limited models.

High-quality materials
Premium materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle – the door uppers, the center armrest and the upper instrument panel. Interior trim soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin.

A vinyl-wrapped, stitched instrument panel brow is standard on all models and the stitching carries over to the center console armrest and front door armrests.

Seats in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, and are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and are available with power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. Premium cloth fabrics include a unique interlocking graphic.

Unique features such as the available heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, second-row seats that recline and move fore and aft, and available wireless charging pad will delight drivers and passengers alike.

State-of-the-art technology
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that are intuitive and easy-to-use.

The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 3.5-inch grayscale or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The easy-to-use instrument cluster displays the basic information a driver needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add information they desire, similar to an iPhone.

The driver can select from a multitude of information that can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster including turn-by-turn navigation, speed, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, available Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, audio information and Jeep-specific features including Selec-Terrain.

The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (first Chrysler Group availability) is displayed in the center of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The graphic walks the driver through the steps necessary to utilize the park assist system. The passion for the brand Jeep designers have is a fun fact in the park assist screen, which features a 1941 Jeep Willys graphic on each side of the open parking space.

An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center – the largest in the segment – or the standard 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command center are attractive, intuitive and easy-to-use, and are located in the center stack. The Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate controls, heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM radio, navigation, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeart Radio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee sports a thoughtfully designed, holistic interior system which provides maximum user convenience, including an integrated phone docking station and an available wireless charging pad concealed in the center console.

A premium 506-watt sound system is available with nine speakers and a subwoofer.

The 2014 Cherokee features the newly designed three-spoke Jeep steering wheel with audio, voice and speed controls adding a new level of technical sophistication.

Clever storage features
Thoughtful, clever storage features make the most of the available interior space in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

A refined, covered top bin is located above the center stack on top of the instrument panel for secured storage of items such as a wallet or phone. The front-passenger seat in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee folds flat and offers hidden, in-seat storage by flipping up the passenger seat cushion.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee features a glove box storage space deep and large enough to hold an iPad or most laptop computers.

The center console hosts the integrated phone docking station, USB and SD ports and auxiliary- power source. A small storage slot is located between the cup holders and the center console armrest, making the best use of the space available.

Two front cup holders incorporate grips to secure different sized beverage containers and are rubber lined, which makes them very easy to clean.

The center armrest on the 2014 Cherokee provides storage underneath and includes a large bin with an easy-to-clean rubber mat as well as housing the optional CD player, if equipped. The Cherokee features up to two 12-volt power outlets, one in the instrument panel and, on select models, a second outlet in the center console.

Available door map pockets incorporate beverage holders large enough for 20-ounce bottles.

Second-row seats recline and move fore and aft to increase legroom or storage room as needed.

The class-exclusive Jeep Cargo Management System makes the most of the cargo space in the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. A universal module rack is mounted on the side in the rear cargo area and provides for hooks and a removable grocery bag. Other optional accessories compatible with the system are available through Mopar and include items such as off-road accessory kit for Trailhawk models including a tow rope and gloves and more, cargo bin, cargo mat, and a foldable cooler and first aid/emergency kit. The accessories mount securely to the rack for storage solutions the adventurous customer desires.