Toronto: Chrysler has released the first images of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, an SUV that will replace the current Jeep Liberty and will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in March.
The vehicle will go on sale in North America in the third quarter of this year, the automaker said.
This is the first time in 12 years that Jeep will use the Cherokee name on one of its models.
Production of the original Jeep Cherokee ceased in 2001 in North America and it remains one of the automaker's iconic models.
The new model, unlike the original Cherokee, which was distinguished by a boxy look and straight lines, will have a curvy appearance and aggressive look.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will consume about 45 percent less fuel than the Jeep Liberty, the automaker said.
The Cherokee will produced at the Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Chrysler Group LLC, which makes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands, is controlled by Italy's Fiat.
First Published: Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:59