2014 Jeep Cherokee price unveiled: starts at $22,995 image

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will start in the United States at $22,995 (MSRP), and will be available to customers from the autumn. That’s $400 less compared to the old model – the 2013 Jeep Liberty.

The U.S. based automaker says the new 2014 Cherokee comes with more than 70 new advanced features like the new Uconnect 5.0-inch touchscreen media center, LED tail lamps and daytime running lamps, ParkView rear backup camera (as optional), CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof (as optional ), SiriusXM Radio – and for the first time a nine-speed automatic transmission developed with German supplier ZF Group.

Available in four different trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk – Sport 4×2: $22,995, Sport 4×4: $24,995, Latitude 4×2: $24,495, Latitude 4×4: $26,495, Limited 4×2: $27,995, Limited 4×4: $29,995, Trailhawk 4×4: $29,495 – the new Cherokee will burn 45 percent less fuel when equipped with the new 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine that is capable of 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque.

When equipped with the new 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, Chrysler says the vehicle will do 460 miles with tank of gasoline.

Production delays
Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said in February that the automaker will launch the legendary vehicle in May. However looks like building the new Cherokee is not as simple as it seems mostly because this is designed on an underbody adapted from Fiat.

The SUV will be assembled at Chrysler’s Toledo North plant, the same plant where Chrysler previously built the Liberty – and CEO Marchionne is confident that the plant can produce 275,000 Cherokees annually.

Chrysler’s Jeep Liberty has been out of production since August 2012.

Since 1974 the U.S. based automaker sold over 2.5 million Cherokee SUV’s.