The 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Deliveries of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Have Finally Begun

According to the Mopar super-sleuths at Allpar, the first shipment of 2014 Jeep Cherokee midsized SUVs was finally loaded onto transporters and sent off to dealerships around the country – ending the lengthy delay that is believed to have been caused by a drivetrain calibration issue.

The launch of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is an important one as this is the first vehicle in the Jeep brand to have been designed under the reign of Fiat leadership. The 2014 Cherokee replaces the hot selling Jeep Liberty and with such a legendary name, this new midsized SUV has some big shoes to fill. Because of that, the Chrysler Group top brass wanted to make sure that all of the bugs were worked out before shipping the Cherokees to dealerships.

Official details have been very limited but cause for the delay in the launch of 20114 Jeep Cherokee shipments was believed to be a calibration issue with the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Due to this calibration issue with the brand spankin’ new transmission, the vehicles that rolled off of the assembly line weeks ago were kept in a holding lot until each of them could have a retuned transmission computer calibration installed. This move helps to ensure a more positive owner experience while also lowering the likelihood of needing to ask dealerships to install the reprogrammed control system – or having to issue a recall to address a shifting problem.


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Edmunds is writing that Chrysler is test-driving each Cherokee before it is released for delivery. Aren't all vehicles usually tested before shipment? Also, why are these cars called "often-delayed" in the media? Thank you.