As most readers will already know, the Cherokee nameplate is back, returning on a new crossover set to replace the Liberty in Jeep’s lineup.
While Jeep is holding back on the full details for its new Cherokee until the vehicle’s official world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week, the automaker has started to drip-feed us some information.
We’ve already had a taste of the vehicle’s controversial new styling, albeit from the front only, and it’s been confirmed that it will be 45 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing Liberty, which in its final model year returned 16/22 mpg city/highway and 18 mpg combined.
We also know that the new Cherokee, which lands in showrooms this fall as a 2014 model, will ride on a modified version of Fiat’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform underpinning a handful of existing front-wheel-drive cars like the Dodge Dart and Alfa Romeo Giulietta sold overseas.
Now Jeep is out to prove that its 2014 Cherokee will be just as capable as previous generations, showing the vehicle tackle some rough conditions from the driver’s point of view in this latest video.
As the video reveals, the 2014 Cherokee has no trouble attacking some steep inclines, whether they're covered in loose sand or solid rock.
Jeep has promised that the 2014 Cherokee will be a “no-compromise” vehicle, and that it will offer best-in-class capability. This means we should still expect all-wheel drive (perhaps as an option) and Jeep’s Trail-Rated classification.
Stay tuned for the debut of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the 2013 New York Auto Show next week, but in the meantime head over to our dedicated show hub for our up-to-the-minute coverage on the event.