Thousands of vehicles have won acclaim for dropping their boxy looks in favor of cute curves – the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is not one of them.
Having recently made its official debut at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Cherokee has been slated by a fair few industry heavyweights for its step away from tradition in favor of a new, more aerodynamic overall design. The round headlights are gone and the grille has been modified, which it appear for plenty of folk were two of the most important and defining characteristics of the Cherokee.
While Chrysler is hoping to win over more suburban motorists than ever before with a 2014 Cherokee that looking more similar to a regular car than a full-fat dirt-devil, some are worried the new model will instead just alienate millions of existing fans.
In fact, the overhaul lavished upon the 2014 Cherokee is so extensive that there were dozens at the New York Auto Show that didn’t actually realize what vehicle it was just by looking at it
The look of the new Cherokee is probably more along the lines of the Honda CR-V than it is the outgoing Jeep it’s taken the torch from. On the inside, luxury has been upped pretty seriously with dozens of new comfort features, driver safety aids and general enhancements to comfort and design.
Generally, this is the kind of makeover that goes down a treat with today’s buyers, but stepping away from tradition appears not to bode well with purists and long-term fans of the Jeep brand. They’re worried that the 2014 Cherokee has shed so much of what made it what it was in the first place, with Chevrolet turning its back on the Jeep’s rugged roots in favor of suburban comfort.
They argue that there’s already enough of the latter on the market today – the Jeep Cherokee is too sacred to taint.