Jeep has been shuttling around Alfa Romeo-based test mules and camouflaged prototypes of its replacement for the current Liberty for some time now. Those heavily disguised vehicles may have offered a glimpse of the new Jeep, but a new set of production-line images from Jalopnik tell a much more complete story.

Jalopnik report indicates unequivocally that the Cherokee name will be re-upped in place of Liberty, though it doesn't spell out exactly where that thinking comes from, though a name change has been rumored for some time. Chances are good that the same source that delivered these factory images delivered the name, as well.

The Cherokee absolutely has some Alfa Romeo DNA in its makeup, the final product is far from looking like its Guilietta ancestor. The athletic, high-waisted design is relatively attractive from what we can see here, though the grille and headlight treatment are sure to cause a lot of ruckus when the Cherokee makes its official debut at the New York Auto Show in April. The very narrow, pointed headlamps are pinched in a not particularly Jeep-ish fashion, and the curved, short version of the seven-slot grille is far more rakish than anything that Jeep has produced to date.

The Cherokee name, plus some fairly high wheel arches, hint that the new Jeep may still carry the vaunted "Trail Rated" stamp of approval. Good news for those purists still fearful of Jeep brand dilution. Inside we see a dial for Jeep's Selec-Terrain drive management system, as well.

We expect to have much more information about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, as we draw closer to its expected debut in New York. Until then, make sure to weigh in on our poll, below.



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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It reminds me of the Isuzu VehiCross. They really don't look that similar when compared side by side, but they seem to have a similar feel.
      Wazzzup?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it made in China? It has their eyes.....
      madfam004
      • 1 Year Ago
      For an American car the new Jeep sure has Oriental eyes.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      It kind of looks like its plotting something evil.
      ThomasP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jesus, autoblog, could you have selected a blurrier picture from the set??
      George
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you look real close, it looks like the Punisher skull.
      Rob Cook
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isuzu called, they want the Axiom back.
      sennarose88
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the new Pontiac Aztek?
      LunarSnowStorm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see my old Cherokee spinning in it's grave.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is like an LL Bean track suit. Nobody buys a Jeep for cutting edge design. The people in charge of the brand should understand their core values and their customers. This is a huge mistake.
        kevin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Go buy a jeep and drive it daily and try not to say you wish it got better gas mileage. Jeep owners want a Jeep that gets good gas mileage everywhere. I'm sick and tired of getting 11-15 mpg in my Cherokee. Core values?, do you not value better mpg, features? The entire Jeep brand needs to catch up with the rest of the world with fuel economy. Least we get a diesel this year in the GC.
        justappraisals
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I thought the same thing in 2005, not so much on the outside but on the inside.
      Doolin64
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like someone of Asian decent ran into a Hummer H3. Why is Jeep making the headlights more and more "squinty". I thought the currect GC was small. Now the refreshed GC is even smaller. Yet this Cherokee takes the cake.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you ******* out of your mind ........ That thing won't sell. hahaha
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