According to Chrysler enthusiast news blog and forum Allpar.com, the majority of 2014 Jeep Cherokee models rolling off the line in Toledo are being built with four-wheel drive. The Cherokee's launch and delivery have been delayed several times, reportedly to fine-tune the calibration of the nine-speed automatic transmission. Allpar is reporting that of the 18,450 Cherokees built to date, 9450, or 51 percent of them, have four-wheel drive. The report further says the most common trim being built is the mid-level Latitude model.
In our recent drive of the 2014 Cherokee, we came away impressed with its on-road driving dynamics, and the formidable off-road capability of the trail-rated Trailhawk model. However, in our initial drive, we did notice some issues with the nine-speed transmission. Line workers at the Toledo plant who were temporarily laid off for the production pause have been rehired, suggesting dealer delivery of the 2014 Cherokee may be imminent.
The Cherokees produced so far are reportedly being held at intermediate distribution points awaiting a powertrain reflash with the updated transmission calibrations to be performed by Chrysler or a sub-contractor before they're delivered to dealers and customers. The 2014 Cherokee is the only unibody crossover SUV in the compact/midsize class that offers an optional low-range four-wheel drive.