Fuel-Efficient Cherokee Underway?

Chrysler is reviving the Cherokee name within the Jeep U.S. lineup.

The name is instantly recognizable as a very capable and versatile mid-size SUV. Powered by an old in-line six cylinder engine, the Cherokee was typical of the ‘80s and ‘90s SUV, with fuel economy ranking low in the list of priorities.

For 2014, Jeep brings the Cherokee name back to North America with the debut of its all-new mid-size sport-utility vehicle.

Said new Cherokee will replace the Liberty in Jeep’s lineup.

Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show in March, the all-new, “no-compromise” 2014 Jeep Cherokee is said by Jeep to set a new standard with even more best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics, and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.

This new Cherokee is slated to arrive in dealer showrooms in the third quarter of this year.

As usual with such pre-show announcements, we will keep you updated when more details are released by the manufacturer.

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