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Jeep Cherokee

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An SUV produced by Jeep.

There is an unrelated, larger SUV produced by Jeep called the Grand Cherokee.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Jeep Cherokee page on 25 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Jeep Cherokee is a line of American vehicles sold by Jeep under various vehicle classes. Originally sold as a variant of the popular Jeep Wagoneer, the Cherokee has evolved from a full-size SUV to one of the first compact SUVs and eventually into its current incarnation as a crossover SUV. The nameplate has been in continuous use in some form since 1974 and also spawned Jeep's most successful vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was originally slated to be part of the Cherokee's lineup. The vehicle is named after the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans.

First generation (SJ)

The Cherokee was a rebadged reintroduction of a two-door body style Jeep Wagoneer, with a redesigned greenhouse that eliminated the car's C-pillar. Instead the Cherokee sported a much wider D-pillar and a single, long fixed rear side window with an optional flip-out section. Previously, a two-door version had been available in the Jeep Wagoneer line (from 1963 to 1967), although this had the same pillar and window configuration as the four-door Wagoneer. The Cherokee replaced the Jeepster Commando, whose sales had not met expectations despite an extensive 1972 revamp. The Cherokee appealed to a younger market than the Wagoneer, which was regarded more as a family SUV.

Second generation (XJ)

While the Wagoneer continued in production for another eight years as the Grand Wagoneer, the Cherokee nameplate was moved to a new platform for 1984. Without a traditional body-on-frame chassis, the Cherokee instead featured a light-weight unibody design.

This generation Cherokee would eventually be well-known as an innovator of the modern SUV, as it spawned competitors as other automakers began to notice that this Jeep design began replacing regular cars. It also began to supplant the role of the station wagon and "transformed from truck to limousine in the eyes of countless suburban owners." The XJ is a "significant link in the evolution of the 4x4."

It would prove to be so popular that the second generation Cherokee's replacement was released as a separate vehicle altogether as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, itself starting a successive line of vehicles as Jeep's flagship vehicle.

Third generation (KJ)

The third generation, marketed as the Jeep Liberty in North America to differentiate itself from the Grand Cherokee, was introduced in April 2001 for the 2002 model year.

The Cherokee was priced between the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. It remained the smallest of the 4-door Jeep SUVs up until the crossover-based 4-door Compass and Patriot arrived for 2007. The Cherokee featured unibody-construction. It was assembled at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in the United States, as well as in other countries including Egypt and Venezuela.

Fourth generation (KK)

Still using the Jeep Liberty name in North America, the Cherokee was redesigned in 2008. For the first time, a rebadged version of a Jeep model existed, as Dodge sold this version of the Cherokee as the Dodge Nitro during the same time period as the fourth-generation Cherokee. It was eventually discontinued both due to slow sales as well as Sergio Marchionne wanting to avoid duplicated vehicles with Dodge and Jeep (as well as Chrysler) sharing the same sales network.

With the smaller Patriot and Compass now available to cater to MPG-conscious buyers, the four-cylinder engine was dropped from the Cherokee's offerings. The iron-block, aluminum-head V6 was the only engine available for 2008. Towing capacity was 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg). Jeep discontinued the Cherokee's CRD for the American market because it couldn't meet tougher 2007 emissions standards for diesel engines. Transmission choices were both carry-overs: a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Standard equipment included electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. New Features included standard side airbags. Optional features are rain-sensing wipers, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, a navigation system, and the MyGig entertainment system, complete with a 30GB hard drive.

Fifth generation (KL)

For the fifth generation, the Cherokee nameplate returned to North America as the vehicle was converted to a crossover and grew to midsize in order to make room for the Jeep Renegade below the Cherokee and Compass. It was introduced for the 2014 model year at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and the sales started in November 2013. The Cherokee is the first Jeep vehicle to be built on the Fiat Compact/Compact U.S. Wide platform, co-developed by Chrysler and Fiat. The Jeep Cherokee is built at Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Despite its controversial front-end styling, the fifth-generation Cherokee would become such a sales success that FCA discontinued the slow-selling Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 (both mechanically similar to the Cherokee) in order to increase production capacity for the Cherokee to meet demand. For 2019 the front end is to be updated to a more conservative style.


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2005 BookYou & Your Jeep Cherokee by Dave Pollard; Haynes Publishing Group


Images

Jeep Cherokee Magazine Ad Car and Driver, early 1980's
View Jeep Cherokee Advertisement - 18.9MB
1999 Jeep Cherokee 1999 Jeep Cherokee "Bummer"
Photo ©2015 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: May 18, 2015
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1999 Jeep Cherokee 1999 Jeep Cherokee "Bummer"
Photo ©2015 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: May 18, 2015
View photo of 1999 Jeep Cherokee - 3.2MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1998In-depth Vehicle Occupant Report
1998 Jeep Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 11.3MB - 93 pages
October 1998Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 142KB - 8 pages
classified date 1999Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 45.0MB - 109 pages
April 1999Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicles - 1998 Toyota Corolla VE
1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 273KB - 12 pages
May 1999Veridian On-Site Inadvertent Deployment Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 214KB - 10 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 4-door 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.0MB - 109 pages
classified date 2003Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Jeep Cherokee, 4-door SUV, 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.8MB - 169 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 4x4, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.8MB - 120 pages
April 2005On-Site Air Bag Related Child Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1997 Jeep Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 245KB - 14 pages
classified date 2007Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 4-door SUV, 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.0MB - 114 pages
May 2007On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 885KB - 22 pages
June 2007Not-in-Traffic Surveillance Calspan Remote Back Over Investigation
Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,498KB - 20 pages
5 May 2011DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 233KB - 2 pages
6 May 2011NHTSA Recall 11V279000
1994-1996 Jeep Cherokee
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
13 May 2011FMVSS 108/HIGH MOUNT BRAKE LAMP ASSEMBLY
To: Michael Kesterson, U.S. Drive Right, LLC
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 29KB - 3 pages
13 September 2011Owner Notification Letter
U.S. Drive Right
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 115KB - 2 pages
25 September 2012SECOND QUARTER DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 9KB - 1 page
1 October 2012FOURTH QUARTER 2011 DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 9KB - 1 page
1 October 2012FIRST QUARTER 2012 DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 9KB - 1 page
1 October 2012THIRD QUARTER 2012 DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 9KB - 1 page
22 April 2013FOURTH QUARTER 2012 DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 7KB - 1 page
22 April 2013FIRST QUARTER 2013 DEFECT AND NONCOMPLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Drive Right, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 7KB - 1 page
25 March 2013To: Michael Kesterson, U.S. Drive Right, LLC
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V279000

PDF
- 22KB - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
12 October 2010List of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for ImportationMarilena Amoni
5 February 2014European Debut For The New Jeep Cherokee Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
30 June 2014Chrysler Group, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
30 December 2014Chrysler Group, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
20 March 2015NHTSA Safety Complaint 10695557: 2014 Jeep Cherokeeanonymous
9 July 2015Jeep to Keep Cherokee's "Controversial" Styling Bill Crittenden
10 September 2015R.I.P. G.I. Joe Bill Crittenden
4 August 2016Military AutoSource Introduces Two Special-Edition Jeep Warrior Models for U.S. Military Serving OverseasMilitary AutoSource
25 May 2018Consumer Advisory: Owners of Certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Should Stop Using Cruise ControlNHTSA


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