Jeep Cherokee: radical styling for new mid-sized SUV

The all-new Jeep Cherokee will introduce a revolutionary new design language for the iconic American off-road marque when it debuts at next month's 2013 New York motor show.
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Jeep released the first official images of the radically styled fourth-generation Cherokee after leaked shots revealing the front of the new model emerged over the weekend.

The shots confirm 2014 Jeep Cherokee will feature a unique take on the traditional seven-slat grille. The striking fixture is contained entirely in the deep-reaching bonnet and folds back from its traditional upright position to form an angle at the bonnet’s edge.

The grille is flanked by an equally exclusive four-eyed headlight design, with slim clusters containing strips of LED daytime running lights positioned at the top and the main headlamp units featured in chunkier units underneath.

The elegant chrome-bordered lower air intake mirrors that of the recently revealed 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee facelift, which debuted in Detroit last month and will arrive in Australia around mid-year.

While keeping technical data and specifications close to its chest for now, Jeep says the new model will be a “no compromise” SUV with “best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 per cent”.

The new Jeep Cherokee will be built in Toledo, Ohio, and will launch in the US in the third quarter of this year. Jeep Australia anticipates the new model will land on our shores during the fourth quarter of this year.

Despite removing the Cherokee from its local website, Jeep says it still has about 100 outgoing third-generation models in stock.

Expect more details to be revealed in the lead-up the Jeep Cherokee’s debut in New York on March 27.