We've already seen quite a bit of the Jeep Liberty's replacement in spy shots and discussed its nine-speed transmission and downsized Pentastar V-6. The latest twist on the new model is that it could revive the Cherokee nameplate in the U.S. market, reports Automotive News. The Liberty has carried the Cherokee badge in Europe and other overseas markets since its introduction. Regardless of its name, the new Liberty/Cherokee should be revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as a 2014 model.
In other Jeep news, the brand will get a three-row SUV based on the Dodge Durango that is expected to bring back the Grand Wagoneer name, one of the fullsize SUV icons of the late 1980s. The brand is reportedly targeting the Chevrolet Suburban as a potential competitor. Following the addition of the Grand Wagoneer to the Jeep lineup, the Durango will be dropped from the Dodge’s.
Additionally, both the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler will reportedly get Chrysler's new 8-speed automatic transmission for the 2014 model year. As previously reported, the 2014 Grand Cherokee refresh is also expected hail the return of a turbodiesel option, which will carry the 'EcoDiesel' badge. Meanwhile, the smaller Compass’ and Patriot's unpopular CVT will reportedly be replaced with a conventional six-speed automatic in 2014.
Finally, Jeep will get a subcompact offering slotting below the Compass and Patriot based on the SUSW platform. The vehicle is expected to be built in Italy and will be sold in global markets.
Source: Automotive News