2014 Jeep Cherokee Delayed Further
Back in August 2012 when Chrysler ceased production of the Cherokee, little did we know that the replacement model would take over a year to be released. However, the recurring issues with the ZF nine speed transmission supplied by ZF Friedrichshafen AG that delayed shipments and slowed production, are not yet fully resolved.
Chrysler began building the sport-utility vehicle in June but held back on shipping it to dealers because of the transmission tuning problem. “We got to get this right the first time,” the United Auto Worker’s President, Mr. Baumhower said. “We don’t want to release the car and find out six months down the road there is a problem.”
“This is the world’s first application of a highly technical nine-speed transmission,” the company said in its statement. “On top of that, it is being mated to two new engines and three complex 4×4 systems.” It appears the main issue is software, not hardware – the program that controls how the engine communicates with both the ZF nine-speed transmission and the unique disconnecting driveshaft.
While Chrysler works hard to resolve the issue and correct it in the 13,000 units already produced, some off-road junkies rejoice as they have longer to warm up to the rather comical looking 2014 Cherokee before it hits showrooms across the globe.