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Jeep is showcasing in New York the rather controversial 2014 Cherokee with its heavily criticized front fascia.

Sporting a face only a mother could love, the new Cherokee uses the Dodge Dart platform which has made the car lose 400 lbs (181 kg) compared to its predecessor (Liberty). It boasts an independent front and rear suspension and will be available at first exclusively with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

It can be powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter Tigershark gasoline engine producing 184 bhp (137 kW) and 232 Nm (171 lb-ft) of torque, along with a V6 3.2-liter Pentastar gasoline mill churning 267 bhp (199 kW) and 316 Nm (233 lb-ft).

Three four-wheel drive systems will be available: Active Drive I, Active Drive II, Active Drive Lock. The first one (available for Sport, Longitude and Limited models) has a single power fully automatic transfer unit without the need of driver intervention of feedback. The second one (Sport, Longitude and Limited models) has a two-speed power transfer unit with low range and torque management. Active Drive Lock has all the features of the Active Drive II plus a locking rear differential. It comes as standard on the Trailhawk variant.

Inside it has ergonomically-designed seats, 60/40 split second-row seats, LED 3.5-inch grayscale or optional 7-inch full color reconfigurable instrument cluster, standard 5-inch touchscreen display or optional 8.4-inch screen with satellite navigation and Bluetooth. In terms of safety equipment, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee can have Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, ParkSense, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus and others as well.

It will be built in the U.S. at Chrysler's Toledo, Ohio assembly plant and will be offered in four trim levels: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. The latter adopts a more rugged appearance and has bespoke interior and exterior colors. It also gains signature red front tow hooks, more aggressive front/rear fascias and skid plates underneath.

More details can be found in the attached press release.

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