Will the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Ever Make It?

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is pretty nice, reviewers say. But buyers wouldn't know, because Jeep dealers still don't any. Photo credit: Chrysler.

The new Jeep Cherokee hasn't even arrived at dealers, and already it has drawn a storm of complaints and controversy. Cherokee is a hallowed name in Jeep history, and there are plenty of Jeep fans who don't think this new vehicle can live up to its legacy. A lot of those complaints start with the new Cherokee's unusual styling, which some say was too heavily influenced by Italian automaker Fiat  (NASDAQOTH: FIATY  ) , which controls Chrysler nowadays.

But the latest complaint is a biggie: The Cherokee was supposed to arrive at dealers last spring, but it's still not available. As Fool contributor John Rosevear explains in this video, the 2014 Cherokee has been held up for month by technical problems -- a delay that says both good and bad things about where Jeep and Chrysler are right now.

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  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 12:29 PM, HulkBusterMarkI wrote:

    What does it matter if its styling cues were Fiat-inspired? American car companies continue to style their vehicles towards European and Asian vehicles in order to compete with them so why is this a problem? You have the Corvette whose design year after year is approaching Ferrari, the "All-American" Camaro which is built in Canada, and the current 2012-14 Ford Focus which was designed and popularized in Europe.

    Let's face reality, it's because of Jeep's traditional conservative styling that led to a continued decline in sales so I don't think Jeep could do any worse by getting help from FIat. Also, it doesn't make sense to stay with 1980's-1990's styling techniques if you plan to compete in the 21st century.

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