Caught! Cladded 2014 Jeep Cherokee on L.A. Freeway
Masked SUV Snapped Just Months Before Debut
Truck Trend's own Carol Ngo snapped this cell phone pic of a mysterious SUV on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. After some analysis and comparison of the image, it was determined it's almost certainly a 2014 Jeep Cherokee undergoing some last-minute validation testing before heading to showrooms in September.
The wheel design, LED taillights that border the rear-window glass, and the tapered, upswept beltline all point to it being the Cherokee, and possibly the off-road oriented Trailhawk model. While unusual to see such prototypes driving around this close to production, it's not unheard of. As previously reported, the 2014 Cherokee is a radical departure from its immediate predecessor, the Jeep Liberty, which was sold in some overseas markets as the Cherokee. The 2014 Cherokee is built off a variation of the CUSW platform that also underpins the Dodge Dart.
Jeep has reportedly slowed down the production rollout of the Cherokee out of the Toledo plant to ensure top-notch quality before the models reach the showrooms. The late-stage mule may be part of that validation process. The 405 freeway may not be the Rubicon trail or Moab, but it's certainly challenging enough in its own right.
2015 Jeep Cherokee SpecificationsVIEW ALL
|Fair Market Price||$22,761|
|Editors' Overall Rating|
|Mileage||22 City / 31 Highway|
|Horse Power||184 hp @ 6,250 rpm|
|Torque||171 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm|