Jeep loyalists chastised the company when they released the first pictures of the 2014 Cherokee, but the brand hoping to win them over by showcasing the model's off-road prowess.

Jeep loyalists chastised the company when they released the first pictures of the 2014 Cherokee, but the brand is hoping to win them over by showcasing the model's off-road prowess.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Cherokee will continue Jeep's long tradition of being "Trail Rated." That won't make up for the styling faux pas, but at least it's a start.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but speculation suggests the model could be offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 3.2-liter V6 and a 2.0- or possibly 3.0-liter diesel. Regardless of the final offerings, Jeep says the Cherokee will have "best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent" compared to the Liberty.

The 2014 Cherokee will be built in Toledo, Ohio and sales are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2013.

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