Powertrain tweaks cited as reason for 2014 Jeep Cherokee delays

Getting it right from the start is better than pushing a product out too early, and then fix issues later with recalls. Chrysler’s Jeep division understands that and hence has delayed the release of its 2014 Cherokee.

According to Jeep, during final quality and durability testing, they have discovered the opportunity to further improve powertrain calibration for the Cherokee. The automaker hopes to release the vehicle to the media and consumers as soon as the updates are completed.

Jeep had to push back the press launch for the 2014 Cherokee, which was scheduled for mid-August, so it can implement the changes it is currently working on.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which will replace the discontinued Liberty model in their line-up, is the first Jeep vehicle to be based on its parent company Fiat's platform. It will also be the first vehicle at Chrysler to use a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which it co-developed with the German transmission specialists ZF Friedrichshafen.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be offered with two engines upon launch, a 2.4L inline four-cylinder and a 3.2L V6.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the vehicle is now destined to arrive in dealerships this September, and start shifting “in sufficient quantities” by October.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be built at Chrysler’s Toledo assembly plant, where they plan on making over 400 units per day.