Chinese buyers will get their first live look at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee during the Shanghai Motor Show, but CarNewsChina is reporting that it will go by a different name – Ziyou Guan, which translates to "Liberty Light." The article states that our Jeep Liberty was never sold in China, but the iconic XJ Cherokee was sold and produced there as the Qinuoji (a phonetic translation of Cherokee).

The new Jeep Liberty Light will be built alongside the Fiat Viaggio (China's Fiat-badged version of the Dodge Dart) at the Guangzhou-Fiat plant, and the two models will share the same powertrains: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder base engine paired to a five-speed manual or a dual-clutch transmission and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (the base engine for the US-spec 2014 Cherokee) as an optional engine. It doesn't sound like the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will be offered in China.

We'll be on hand when the new Jeep debuts in Shanghai, so stay tuned to Autoblog this Friday night and Saturday for our live coverage of the show.


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      Fox
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are a lot of things need to be corrected. First, its called "Zi You Guang" in Chinese. Yes, it means "liberty light" or "free light" or "free photon" or something like that... And the original Cherokee is called "Qienuoji" in china. This is just a transliteration whichi means "QIenuoji" in Chinese is pronouced very closely to Cherokee in English. But the transliteration name "Qienuoji" is regestered by Beijing-Jeep which is now Beijing-Benz (because the broken relationship between Chrysler and Daimler). So Jeep is unable to use the name "Qienuoji" in China and therefore they giveup both "qienuoji" and "cherokee" then use a new name. It is really a sad story...
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's definitely growing on me, especially in that grayish blue color
      adam 9c1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scrap it and go back to the drawing board. This thing does not look good from any angle.
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      People should be losing their jobs over this design. It is unbelievably awful on an epic and historic level. How could multiple people with decision making authority look at this car through the design process and not realize how hugely it is failing? Wow.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        It looks great to me. Dont we have enough cookie cutter CUVs already?
          sixsix
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          The Jeep Cherokee is NOT a CUV. The Patriot is the CUV variant. They completed FUBARd the Cherokee name with this abomination. Had Jeep done the intelligent and well thought-out thing, and created a slot below the Cherokee for this design, I wouldn't be complaining. I'd never be caught dead in any CUV, so I don't care how they look...but to soil the Cherokee's name sake with this limp wristed Euro-mobile? Shame shame shame!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
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        Chris Barbieri
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        What's even more appalling is that they felt the need to slap the Cherokee name on this hideous chud. I would have been perfectly okay with this being a Dodge. When I think of Cherokees past, and look at this thing, I would say it equates to slapping the Mustang name on a FWD economy car.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Not really sure people should be losing jobs over trying to push a radical new design, but I do agree that it really does baffle me that this design was let loose. I guess we'll have to wait for the sales numbers to see just how accurate the predictions are...
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        I agree with you. I still can't understand how this thing ever made it past the design stage looking the way it does. Someone at Jeep needs to have their head (and eyes) examined. And if Jeep knew it was going to get the kind of negative reaction it did, and went ahead with it anyway? That's just stupid. What's inconceivable is that they would send it to dealers looking like this, and make the absolutely delusional claim that they can sell 250,000 a year; yet it appears that is exactly what they intend on doing, while Gilles is all over social media frantically trying to defend a failed design. And on a related note, the reaction to the new Cherokee is no better in China. Most comments on Chinese automotive sites include words like "ugly," "disappointing," "alien," as well as comments like "I want to throw up," "they wouldn't dare to sell this in China," and my personal favorite, "my dog will bark to it." Good luck, Jeep. You're gonna need it.
      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep knows they made a mistake with the styling, they keep pushing out press photos of a dog's eye view. Looks great at 18 inches high or is that low?
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dadslife83
        The main pic of this blog post isn't an official pic from Jeep, the Autoblog staff took it. The official pics were taken in various different angles.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aztec
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best looking compact SUV out there and most capable with most advanced drivetrain in it's class.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        you have got to be kidding...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems
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          Tone
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems
          Maybe because he disagrees with the sentiment that this is the \"best looking compact SUV out there\"? You know, cause opinions on appearance are subjective...or something like that.
          Tone
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems
          Oooh...buurrrrrn.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems
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        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        Looks are subjective, I don't see how anyone could find this to be the best looking anything. Although the rest of his statement may not even be far off. I mean no other CUV's are really designed for actual off roading whereas at least in trailhawk trim its going to have different gears, rear locker, slight lift. I mean sure to an extent it will be most capable by default since the other vehicles in the class really aren't intended to do any off pavement driving. But still. If they gave it a different front end I think it could actually be decent.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      that sucks!!!!
      beGrown... beSexy...
      wow this is ugly...
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      In all respect what the designer was trying for is a blend of modernistic elements combined with futuristic themes with a hint of the past.......... ok its just #$%^*&# ugly.
      Colin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really do think that those square wheel arches are just tooooo square. Possibly too much going on with all the details.
      Carfan0893
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a matter of fact, we aren't getting a Jeep Cherokee with a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 either...
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