Jeep's bold-faced new direction spearheaded by the 2014 Cherokee is facing some teething issues. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, production start-up of the controversial new utility vehicle at its Toledo North facility is running about a month behind schedule "due to a wide range of issues." That's according to Mark Chernoby, senior vice president of engineering at Chrysler.

Chernoby maintains that the issues being encountered aren't unusual for the launch of a new vehicle – particularly one with a new powertrain – and he downplayed the delay, telling Jeep dealers that they "will have ample inventory of the midsize SUV by fall." Among the kinks being worked out? Calibrating the Cherokee's cutting-edge ZF nine-speed automatic transmission and refining assembly line tasks to make the process more efficient.

Chrysler expects to start building retail-ready versions of the Cherokee around mid-June, with official sales slated to start in September.

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      Fun Bus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Delayed because it looks ****, they just noticed.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its like Chrysler didnt want to spend any money on their design and pulled this failed prototype design out of Fiats R&D trash, and was like we can use this!
      • 2 Years Ago
      is it because people keep throwing up on the production line? They will need to find some strong stomach souls to put that one together.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rumor is that the company is having trouble getting a consistent supply of the levels of fugly required to put this car into mass production.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "2014 Jeep Cherokee facing production delay" Seems like the 2 or 3 people waiting to trade their Aztecs in will be upset by this news.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please don't bring this abomination to the world.
      • 2 Years Ago
      horrendous looking, disgrace to the cherokee nameplate.
      Logan Coutts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please God just keep delaying it!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its so ugly it's broken the factory
      • 2 Years Ago
      On this, the designer is not the only one to be blamed, the bulk of the blame on this ugly design should fall to the management who approved it for production.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I feel the same way about this & MKZ. Is everyone in management blind? Doubtless they will blame the hideousness on the UAW.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Delayed for added ugliness.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      Guess Jeep can't get all the drunk UAW workers to come back in from their lunch break.
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