Today is the big day for the Toledo-built Jeep. Chrysler will unveil the 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV at the New York Auto Show.
The new vehicle will replace the Jeep Liberty and be built at the Toledo North Assembly Plant. Production is set to begin in late May.
Some auto writers say that while the remake will appeal to new buyers, Jeep might lose some fans along the way. According to the Associated Press, the Cherokee features a more aerodynamic look that differs from Jeepâ??s â??boxyâ?? body. Even the shape of the headlights have changed to an angled slit style--a change from older modelsâ?? signature round lights.
Jeep aficionados will also notice that the seven-slate grille on the Cherokee is smaller and â??creasedâ?? to fold over the modelâ??s nose.
The AP notes the Cherokee looks more like a Honda CR-V than its tough-looking predecessor, the Liberty.
But only time will tell if Jeep fans buy into the Cherokee, a vehicle that one observer told the AP looked more fit for a â??trip to the mall than the Rubicon trail.â??
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)