We had our First Drive of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee last month, but it appears that prospective buyers won't have too much longer to finally get time behind the wheel of the new small Jeep.

Automotive News is reporting that after a two-month delay, Jeep dealers will finally start receiving their first shipments of the new Cherokee, in the next 10 days. A Chrysler spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the Cherokee is indeed on its way to Jeep dealers.

According to AN, about 23,000 Cherokees have been built since production commenced back in June, but potential powertrain issues forced Jeep to make adjustments to the Cherokee along the way. Automotive News says that in order to make sure there are no issues with the Cherokee before it reaches customers, it is testing each vehicle after it rolls off the assembly line at a rented test track near the vehicle's Toledo North Assembly Plant.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real test will be to see if Chrysler has to do another software patch in a month or two after customers start using them in the real world. If that doesn't happen then they were very smart to hold off on delivery until they got the programming right. Too often car companies send cars out knowing there are issues and let the dealers and customers get inconvenienced to get it corrected.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The next AZTEC !
        • 1 Year Ago
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        • 1 Year Ago
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      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Combining the horrible reliability of FIAT and Chrysler products. Disaster!
        Roy T.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Please back this with facts. And JD Power is not one I'll accept since the range from top to bottom is less than 1.6 problems per vehicle. All cars in the US market have excellent quality. I think if you look at Consumer Reports for the last 4 years, you'll see that their transmissions have held out well. As someone who's had several Mopars with the infamous 90's electronic transmissions, I can tell you that the newer transmissions are sourced from ZF and are similar to those used by Audi and BMW. The problem on the Cherokee was with regards to the dog-clutches and the software being able to calibrate with them. They did the right thing. They found the solution, held deliveries so they could check each vehicle for 90 cycles, and insure that the dealers are getting a car which is working to specification. This is a far cry from their old policies. The Neon head-gasket, the 2.7 oil sludge and the electronic transmissions of the 90's were good examples of not fully working out the kinks. Ironically, the major problem with the trannies was dealers thinking that limp home meant the tranny had blown. Many times, the problem was with the speed sensor or solenoid, The fix was a minor flash reprogramming, however, by the time they got this fix done, the damage was done, and thousands of transmissions had failures.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Roy T.
          Transmissions similar to Audi & BMW. Not exactly the most reliable cars in the world.
          itguy08
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Roy T.
          I believe CR also tells it like it is - Chrysler cars are garbage and the lowest quality on the road.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Wait aren't you the one who usually says Fiat is so great and Chrysler is owned by them therefore making them Italian?
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aztek 2.0
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldnt Touch any of these shipped first. Potential for multiple visits for dealership to FIX transmission....
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ebn.hahn
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          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          Holy Trolly Moly, its Aaron "King Troll" N.
      Suzq044
      • 1 Year Ago
      You guys are becoming more hateful than jalopnik.. Jeez. Lol I am waiting for one to arrive at our dealer to check out.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping it would be refreshed before hitting the dealer lots. I suppose we will now see if there's a market for a vehicle that looks like a beached, demented catfish.
        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        I bet they do a facelift for MY2016 that they start selling in January 2015.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better to fix it *before* it hit consumers' hands... Now if only they could've done something about that nose....
        4gasem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        YEP! I waited 5 months for my 2013 RAM 1500 with the A8 and I believe it was for similar issues. Of course they wouldn't tell me why it was taking so long, and THAT is infuriating. Yes, 1st world problem, I know!
          kcroc10077
          • 1 Year Ago
          @4gasem
          If they don't talk your money should walk.
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will sell, but the demand will be lower then expected without a doubt. This is upsetting to me, this was Chrysler's chance to win back the hearts of the Cherokee faithful, which they tried but I just don't see the typical cherokee guy saying I gotta have one of these, this is a grocery getter. It's FWD based for the love of God.
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing has a weird face, you cannot tell which of the three lights is the real driving light. Also, the face looks like it ran into a wall or something.
      itguy08
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see Chrapsler still can't get quality right.... Just another POS from Chrapsler.
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