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  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
We briefly mentioned the Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver that was heading to SEMA last week when discussing the Mopar lineup set to be shown in Las Vegas. At the time, though, we weren't able to dive too deeply into details. But with SEMA in full swing, we were able to sneak over and grab some snaps of one of the first modified Cherokees we've seen. The Cherokee is, after all, kind of an unknown quantity in the modification department, being so new and featuring such a polarizing design. We were quite interested to see what Mopar could come up with.

Starting with the Trailhawk 4x4 and its 3.2-liter V6, the engine is fitted with a Mopar cold-air intake and a new exhaust, although it's not clear what sort of power boost has resulted. We'll admit, we were hoping Jeep and Mopar would get a bit more aggressive with the Cherokee's suspension (has anyone thrown a few-inch lift on the new Jeep yet?), but there's no mention of upgrades beyond the knobby, off-road tires. Those should do some good when the going gets rough, while rock rails are there to protect the Auburn Pearl paint on the body.

Speaking of that paint, it's complemented by an interesting graphics package in contrasting black and Crush Orange. The cabin sports Katzkin Amaretto leather seats, along with tech-friendly items like a wireless charging system for cellphones and wireless internet.

Take a look up top for the full gallery of live images from the SEMA Show floor, and then down below for a short press release on the Trail Carver.
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Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver
Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver is for trail addicts seeking a vehicle with the capabilities to handle the rugged off-road while projecting a unique, customized and luxurious look on the streets.

Going to the next level of customization, the Mopar-modified Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver uses the Trailhawk 4x4 package powered by a 3.2-liter V-6 engine as a starting point. Its exterior is colored in Auburn Pearl paint, with low-gloss black and Granite Crystal with low-gloss clear touches.

Unique Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk hood and roof topographical graphics are bordered in Crush Orange, with matching orange tow hooks. Aggressive tires highlight the off-road flavor of the vehicle and rock rails protect this Jeep Cherokee from trail obstacles. The top of the modified Jeep Cherokee sports a Mopar concept roof basket design, with orange accent side panels wrapped in woven metallic fabric. A front wind deflector that includes the Mopar logo completes the design.

The inside is enhanced with Katzkin Amaretto leather seats, with colored leather on the center, ensuring a premium feel. Leather wrapping on the center console, storage door and armrest, and matching color stitching on the seats, offer even more appointments. The top and bottom of the steering wheel are leather, and painted trim provides highlights throughout the inside.

Other Mopar goodies include bright door-sill guards with the Jeep Cherokee logo, a wireless smartphone charger and WiFi. The Jeep Cargo Management Receiver System (JCMRS), a unique option that features a running bar along the left interior to which Mopar items may be mounted, is also utilized. The Mopar roadside emergency kit, Trailhawk bag and first-aid kit are mounted to the JCMRS. In the Jeep Performance Parts department, a Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust are put to work to achieve horsepower gains.


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      Brent Jatko
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad. The styling has started to grow on me, but I have always been a fan of brown as a car color.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just when you think this thing couldn't possibly get any uglier, they release this demented beached catfish in Poo brown. When will the nightmare end?
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The statement of polarizing styling is somewhat of an overstatement that has fueled a reluctance of auto writers to be enthusiastic about what appears to be a truly groundbreaking vehicle. Sure some Jeep Cherokee die hard loyalists and some devoted Jeep detractors may have had a large blog exposure initially, but realistically they should be only a small minority in the market place. As the potential of the new Cherokee is realized and expanded as in this "Trail Carver" is communicating clearly, the Cherokee will grow even more popular. Don't be meek in praising the new Jeep, it's a truly impressive vehicle with much potential down the trail.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one fugly radiator grille.
      raider50
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not only is it really ugly, what exactly makes this a trail carver? A set of tires does not a off road vehicle make. I would be as apprehensive to break a trail with that as I would my grandparent's CR-V.
        threefortyduster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raider50
        That's because you have no idea what Jeep put in the Trailhawk. Low range, rear locker, best 4 wheel drive system in the class. If it says Trail Rated, that actually means something. You can take issue with the looks, but don't ever doubt Jeep's Trail Rating.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @threefortyduster
          You do understand that Jeep's Trail Rating is their own marketing campaign, right? It's not some kind of third party system.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm an engineer on the 9 spd so i'm bias, but the looks grew on me.
      ghost03
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised, but I really like it. Ruggedizing it makes it look better--almost like one of those dogs that are so ugly they're adorable.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      jeep fanboys rate me down but how do you live with yourself for doing it that truck is so ugly. the last one was something I WANTED..
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        It's not the Jeep people/customers. It's the paid bloggers. You can always tell because their posts look like a marketing pitch, often include links to promo videos & tow the company line. These days they are supposed to say "well it may be ugly, but it's best in class regarding off road capability." Best in class versus a Hyundai car or a Chevy car? Really it's disheartening to see Jeep using such tactics. I applaud Honda & GM for recognizing mistakes and moving to rectify them as best as possible rather than launching publicity campaigns to trick loyal Jeep customers.
          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          So Teleny411, anyone who likes this vehicle is a 'paid blogger?' Grow up. No one here takes your childish comments seriously.
          F'nBrower
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          Why would you compare this to a car? It's a true 4 wheel drive vehicle that (almost) as good as a wrangler, but gets decent gas mileage and behaves well on pavement. Mechanically speaking, I'd say its as close to the best of both worlds as far as on/off road performance can get for less than 30k... Hate the styling if that's what you want, but this looks like pretty good to me.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          RS Holland-you can't read. I listed some traits of paid bloggers. Maybe you should read & comprehend posts before launching a personal attack...
          William Flesher
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          "Paid bloggers"? Are you serious? Are all the people who hate it "paid bloggers" for the competition?
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          Rsholland - everything you post sounds like the corporate kiss butt that you are. I would tell you to grow up and learn how to conduct a civil debate, (8th grader, really?) but I think you are most likely senile. At least that's how your drivel reads...
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          Thanks Six-we all know it goes on. These people only post on certain threads that they get paid to, but otherwise they aren't on any enthusiast threads or anything classic. I suppose it's a good gig if you have no moral fiber.
          sixsix
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          This ^. I have inside information from a very large automaker confirming they do in fact pay people to combat negative reviews. Just like apartment rating websites. I've talked to so many people about this and I have not met one in real life that cares for this vehicle. Even my wife hates it.
          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          Teleny411, the so-called attributes of "paid bloggers" that you listed refer to several things I posted in other Jeep blogs. So yeah, I read and comprehend your post 100 percent. As I said before, grow up. Every time you post something you come off sounding like an 8th grader. Then again, maybe you are an 8th grader?
      Ian Moore
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Cherokee looks like a Nissan Juke and Pontiac Aztek had a one night stand and produced offspring.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian Moore
        And now they've painted it poo brown. What next, include a free latrine scented air freshened? Our XJ weeps as it beholds the Catfish.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      When the emergency refresh comes, if they fix the revoltingly hideous front clip (doesn't have to be square like xj, but maybe more like GC) and the obnoxious bulbous rear, and rename it "Liberty", it might be ok. Maybe.
      48Chevy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it. I don't understand why the Cherokee's design is considered polarizing. Is it because the looks of nearly everything else in this category are indistinguishable (Escape, Rogue, Santa Fe Sport, CX5), forgettable (Rav4, Forester, Outlander, Equinox) or ugly without reservation (CRV, Tucson, Outback)?
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @48Chevy
        Or the same old BWM CRAP that they have the guts to keep designing. Gutless BMW designers to afraid of their own shadows to make something exciting to look at.
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is nothing Jeep can do to appease the Jeep community with this abomination. Sure they may win over drivers from the Rav4, Fiats, Mini Coopers, Smart Cars, and other girly vehicles. But I can't imagine any real Jeep lover or former Cherokee owner embracing these. FTR I have owned 3 Cherokee Limiteds, 6 Grand Cherokee top of the line with a 2014 SRT currently, and multiple Wranglers. I will never buy this Euro turd and I pray Jeep rebadges it a Patriot in the CUV category. Then give us a real Cherokee.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Then you have a tiny imagination. REAL Jeepsters recognize a truly revolutionary product. There is still the Wrangler for extreme off road use and GCs for luxury off road users. The real "girly" Jeeps are what you drive. Take your SRT off road much? There are plenty of Jeep models, hopefully enough to keep the brand rolling.....even without brainless flops like you.
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