I don't mind the new look, boxes might have some sort of endearing nostalgia but they're not going to save you any money at the gas pump. I'd drive the swoopiest, most suppository-shaped futuristic pill-car in the world if it worked well.
My only concern with the long nose is managing a long overhang gets annoying - both off-highway and in tight parking quarters. Doesn't this thing have a transverse engine? Then why the long nose?
Dang, come on Jeep! Maybe I'm just being deceived by the ground clearance. Maybe it's more than I think. I guess it's what I expected, but not even close to what I hoped it would be. Looks like I'll be getting a used Liberty this month to replace my XJ and then a Wrangler after that, I guess.
Dang, come on Jeep! Maybe I'm just being deceived by the ground clearance. Maybe it's more than I think. I guess it's what I expected, but not even close to what I hoped it would be.
Here's the rub on ground clearance with independent suspensions. You only have that ground clearance while the vehicle is standing still on level ground.
Once you start using the suspension, once the suspension at any wheel is compressed you lose ground clearance.
1st one- 1989 Cherokee Laredo. 12 great years
2nd one- 2001 Cherokee Limited. Got it before they were gone.
What if Chrysler/Fiat plan on using an already existing platform in the Fiat family, with "rugged" looks like the Brazilian Palio Adventure? This is a FWD wagon with high ride and front differential locker. It's only missing the 4x4 transfer case, which could be fitted in nicely, without having to re-design the whole truck...
In my own opinion, it looks far better than any of the Compass-esque "Liberkee" replacements some forums seem to show everywhere on the net!
Originally Posted by Emoto
I don't know anything about that particular car, but it would sure give the Subaru drivers another option, and I would love for Jeep to get some of those people.
Old posts that I'm just now seeing sorry...but I agree! Jeep should have a vehicle that's Crosstrek-esc to compete in that market. Though I don't think it should be the Liberty replacement w/ the Cherokee name. I think it should be the MK replacement in 2 years with either a new name or the Patriot name. I'd be happy if they made a full time AWD optioned 2.4L CUV/small SUV with matching or better ground clearance than the FDII's or a Crosstrek w/ a diesel motor optional for even better mpgs.
As far as the new Cherokee goes, I just hope it isn't too hideous. I'm sure the interior will be very nice and it will perform well on and off road but if it's ugly it wont sell well.
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