Production of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee delayed by a month

May 17, 2013 - 5:49pm IST | ,   | Shrawan Raja

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee which made its world premiere at the New York Auto Show in March is an important product for Chrysler since the mid-size SUV segment in the US is expanding.

2014 Jeep Cherokee front fascia

On Thursday, Chrysler said the SUV's production has been delayed by a month. It said the delay isn't a worry and assured that dealers will have plenty of inventory by September.

Preventing Chrysler from a timely launch are "a wide range of issues" that they say are usual before the launch of any new product. The Cherokee replaces the Liberty and is the auto maker's most important launch of 2013. Chrysler’s Toledo North assembly plant is making the product.

2014 Jeep Cherokee rear fascia

Detroit Free Press says Chrysler's first-quarter profit had declined by 65% compared to last year's as the Liberty was pulled off the shelf. The new product launch is expected to help Chrysler to a large extent to post better numbers in the following quarters.

2014 Jeep Cherokee cockpit

The Cherokee is based on a Fiat platform and will feature a 9-speed transmission, both firsts for a Jeep vehicle. The Cherokee will begin appearing in dealer yards in September. About 200 Cherokees are going to be built next week for regulatory testing and media test drive purposes, the report adds.

[Source - Freep.com]

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