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The Australian arrival of the new Jeep Cherokee has been postponed until next year following US production delays.

Fiat Chrysler Group Australia director of corporate affairs Karla Leach confirmed reports that Chrysler Group is pushing back the launch of the Jeep Cherokee due to delays at the company’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.

While not commenting specifically on a report from industry journal Automotive News suggesting that fit-and-finish issues and fine-tuning of the Cherokee’s new nine-speed ZF automatic transmission were partly responsible for the delays, Leach told CarAdvice that a “more realistic” timeframe for the SUV’s local launch would be Q1 2014 rather than the previously targeted Q4 2013.

Toledo Assembly Complex - Ohio

The international launch of the Jeep Cherokee has already been pushed back from late June to mid August, while US dealers are now not expecting to have vehicles in showrooms until September.

Leach said the production of left-hand-drive models for the US market would take priority ahead of our right-hand-drive variants, explaining the local delay.

Jeep Cherokee - 2

The new Cherokee features an exterior dominated by a redesigned seven-slat chrome grille, chrome-framed lower air intake and an exclusive four-eyed headlight design.

Jeep claims fuel economy figures of better than 7.8 litres per 100km thanks to its dual-engine line-up comprising a new 2.4-litre Tigershark four-cylinder and Chrysler Group’s first-time use of its new 3.2-litre Pentastar V6.


  • Golfschwein

    Quite like the look of the new Chezza. Can I call it Chezza?

    • Anthony

      Sure.

    • Hung Low

      Hardy ha..ha, how about NO.

    • Diedrich

      ‘Chezza’ is on the same level of cringeworthiness as ‘Seppo’.

  • Jack

    God that looks ugly. Why would they ruin a good thing?

    • Rocket

      Actually don’t mind the ugly front as it won’t blend in with all the other medium SUVs on the market. This should have some decent off road ability too with the 9 speed box and good ground clearance.

      • Dr Sheldon Cooper

        Are you saying it is a good idea to bring an ugly date to the Brownlows JUST SO she doesnt blend in with all the great lookig football wives and girlfriends? I am not a shallow person but even i find it hard to subscribe to your logic. Pls enlighten me?

    • $29896495

      That front is an abomination.

      • Sumpguard

        Yep it’s a mess. First they stuffed the 300c and now this.

      • Zaccy16

        yep it is horrible! it takes the word ‘vulgar’ to a new level!

      • Dr Sheldon Cooper

        The front appears to be catfish having a bad day.

    • Gus

      its growing on me, picture it with an arb tubular front bar and winch with central rectangular spot lights

  • Neil_Way

    Time has not eased the “design” of this vehicle. It certainly has more issues than its four-eyed facade.

    • Dr Sheldon Cooper

      It is Jeeps new design LANGUAGE – unfortunately, that language is CONFABULATION.

      • $29896495

        You mean dyslexic

  • DAVIDZ

    Craig took me past that Toledo Jeep plant a few years ago
    Its a pity for the delay as i am interested in this Jeep, I LIKE IT!

    • Dr Sheldon Cooper

      You shouldve gone to Specsavers.

  • Norm

    Oh very dear. That’s awful. Black is most definitely not it’s colour. Eeeesh.

  • crouchy35

    Nice to see the Pontiac Aztek designers got a new job

  • Hung Low

    Designed by brail I reckon.

  • JHP

    that headlight…

  • F1orce

    Looks very American..

    • Henry Toussaint

      No S%#@ lol

    • Dr Sheldon Cooper

      I resent – or what my fellow Americans would say – i RESEMBLE – that statement. Have you seen the Aztek, the Corvair, the Jeep Commander? Ok, you WIN. It is UGLY. American ugly. :(

  • azlan

    please delay forever.

  • Zaccy16

    This thing is blindingly ugly! the new tranny and engines should be a huge improvement over the current gen though

  • Guest

    please delay forever

  • Sheldon

    Jeep is hoping the design will “grow on people”. Yeah, like a wart!

  • falcodore

    Equipment levels will be high, the interior looks top notch and finally an SUV that is actually capable of going off road! I will be seriously considering this as my next vehicle purchase. Plus i quite like the look of the Trailhawk version.