33s, you can't even get a Grand up on 33s without major work, those things, the most you will be able to do with these new "Cherokees" is air down the tires and drive on the beach. I bet that our 15 year old Subaru Outback has as good or better 4x4 system.
Now I remember when the 84 downsized Cherokee as they called it then came out, howls of rage, unibody, 4 cyl engine, aluminum chain drive transfer case, etc. It turned out to be one of Jeeps longest lived and most successful designs. I just don't see where the new model fits in. They have the Grand, they have the Wrangler and the Compass/Patriot are the cute utes. Why did the new
Cherokee have to fit that category? They should have improved the 2 cute utes, and then, taken the Wrangler frame and running gear, and designed a vintage looking Cherokee body for it. Presto chango, all your basic engineering is done, you bring back a classic shape, with manual transfer cases and live axles thank you very much. A more basic alternative to the Grand, with proven running gear, different looking than the Wrangler would have sold just fine. This thing, will be restyled before long you can be sure. Will it sell, I see maybe it will take sales from the Compass/Patriot, but why will people buy this, instead of a Rav4, CRV, etc?
2007 WK Limited Hemi QDII
1998 ZJ Laredo 4.0 Selectrac