Jeep Cherokee Delayed Over 9-Speed Transmission Issues?
Say what you want about the styling, but the Jeep Cherokee is slated to be a huge vehicle for the American 4x4 brand. Jeep may have winners in the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, but the mid-size crossover market is a massive one and the Cherokee is its first real contender. This has dealers wondering, "where are the Cherokees?" Jeep has fitted the all-new Cherokee with a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission. According to TheDetroitBureau.com, that transmission may not be completely ready, and Jeep is holding the vehicle back from delivery until they get it right.
Though Jeep had targeted the 3rd quarter of 2013 for Cherokee arrivals, they still are not in dealerships. According to an official statement from Jeep, "The company will not ship vehicles until we are fully satisfied the Cherokee meets customer expectations for performance, refinement and quality."
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The automaker has not cited a specific problem with the transmission, but said that its software could be re-flashed with an update to control gear-shifting algorithms.
According to Jeep’s statement, “Once the latest powertrain calibration is validated, the company will be able to quickly update the powertrain software on Cherokees already built and ship vehicles to dealership around the country in quantity.”
So it remains a mystery — what were the transmission issues? We may never know, but that leaves the more pertinent question – when will the Cherokee be ready for dealerships? Only time will tell.
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