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Jeep Cherokee To Retain Controversial Exterior Styling Theme

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On: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 10:37AM | By: Carl Malek

Jeep Cherokee To Retain Controversial Exterior Styling Theme

With the current generation Jeep Cherokee surpassing multiple sales targets and expectations, FCA has formally dismissed speculation that it will be making key changes to the CUV's exterior styling which means that its controversial styling cues will stay relatively intact for its first refresh.

The expected renovation is expected to take place sometime next year, but Jeep Chief Operating Officer Mike Manley passionately promised that any esthetic tweaks would be kept to a minimum and would not feature any significant changes to the Cherokee's basic styling language. The Jeep Cherokee's exterior design has drawn a mixed reaction from reviewers and consumers alike, with some people praising its futuristic take on Jeep ruggedness, while others have cried foul over its polarizing curves and angles, especially when the Cherokee is viewed from certain angles.

"I think the overall styling, the overall shape, the overall accommodation of the vehicle is spot on," stated Manley during an interview withAutomotive News."I don't think that there's anything that dramatically needs to change with that vehicle going forward." Many Cherokee owners have appeared to agree with Manley's remarks, based on the first wave of sales reports that have emerged since the model went on sale back in 2013. According to those reports, the Cherokee has single handedly become the best selling nameplate for the iconic off-road brand, with FCA selling nearly 18,500 units in June, a whopping 39 percent gain when compared to last year's figures. It has also been a top seller for the first six months of the current model year with the Cherokee being responsible for a quarter of the brand's sales.

This impressive performance is even more remarkable considering that the Cherokee has also suffered from several early recalls as well as multiple software updates for its nine-speed automatic transmission—the latter played a role in several early delays that prevented the Cherokee from reaching dealer lots on time. Manley claims that FCA is still putting in a tremendous amount of effort into fixing the model's quality woes and revealed that "significant progress" has been made in ridding the transmission of its glitch-related problems.

Look for the refreshed Jeep Cherokee to arrive sometime next year with more details gradually being revealed closer to its official unveiling at a future auto show.


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