Chrysler has decided to postpone the 2014 Jeep Cherokee launch due to nine-speed automatic transmission concerns.

Chrysler has decided to postpone the 2014 Jeep Cherokee launch due to nine-speed automatic transmission concerns.

Sources cited by Jalopnik are saying the delay has to do with getting the ZF-developed nine-speed automatic gearbox to properly use all nine gears. This is the reason why Jeep decided to put on hold the car's media launch which was originally programmed for next week in Seattle. A Chrysler representative motivated this decision by saying after weeks of testing they have "discovered the opportunity to further improve powertrain calibration."

It seems the transmission has some problems engaging eighth and ninth gear when working with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. A source close to Chrysler says the gearbox doesn't have any mechanical problems as the issue is related only to programming.