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CherokeeKJ Delayed?
Posted by mike on 2000/7/28 0:00:00 (1876) reads



One of our faithful readers pointed out an interesting article at AutomotiveNews.com regarding a possible delay in the debut of the next-generation Cherokee, code-named KJ. Here's a snippet:

The delay of the redesigned Cherokee has given the new 2001 Ford Escape and other small sport-utilities a chance to take Jeep's customers.

Jeep had planned to introduce the redesigned Cherokee this summer, but problems with suppliers prompted the company to push back the date. Plans now call for a summer launch in 2001 as a 2002 model.

"It handicaps us to a great degree. But we'd rather have a dependable car and not rush it to market and not have it come back with a lot of problems," said Ken Dudley, vice chairman of UAW Local 12 at the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio. Dudley is coordinating the Cherokee launch. He said the plant is capable of producing 200,000 units annually.

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In designing the new vehicle, Jeep engineers opted for an independent rear suspension, a set-up that would have been unheard of a few years ago. The independent suspension yields a smoother and more supple ride, but to some enthusiasts it is not as durable in the unforgiving off-road terrain where Jeep made its name. But since most drivers never venture off road, Jeep decided to give on-road users the carlike ride and handling they prefer.

Even with the nod to comfort, the new Cherokee will be able to tackle the wilderness. DaimlerChrysler's then-senior vice president of design, John Herlitz, said earlier this year that all Jeep vehicles have to be able to tackle the Rubicon off-road trail in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The new Cherokee is no exception.

This is the best confirmation we have so far that the KJ will sport independent rear suspension. Be sure to check out the rest of the article!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Chris
here is my comment: Chrysler is sending Jeep off the side of a cliff with no kind of life line. I quote: "But since most drivers never venture off road, Jeep decided to give on-road users the carlike ride and handling they prefer." Jeep did not make that decision. That had to have been a decision forced by Chrysler. Jeep is known for a solid axle and it should always be that way. Noone wants independent suspension in any off-road application.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
As a current XJ owner hearing about this sacreligous new Cherokee with IFS I say delay it as long a possible. Sounds like its going to be some pansy
V or RAV4. I won't be buying the next Cherokee unless i see some square headlights up front and a solid axle underneath. Can I get a amen on that?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Paul Tucek
I hope the Jeep folks get smart and put a live axle in the new Cherokee. In Motor Trend's current issue, they took 7 sport utes to Death Valley and put them to the test. The only truck getting stuck was the Ford Escape, with its four-wheel independent suspension. Jeep now should have a good target for what the new Cherokee should be...same price range as the Escape ($20k base, $25k nicely equipped) but with better off-road capabilities.
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