Ready to reassert its presence in the critical global SUV segment, the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will have a starting price of $23,990 when it goes on sale here in the fall. That figure, for a base Sport 4x2 model, is $400 below the outgoing Jeep Liberty that it replaces. At $25,990, the Cherokee Sport 4x4 also will start with a similar sticker advantage. Pricing for other members of the lineup begins at $25,490 for the Cherokee Latitude 4x2 and $28,990 for the Cherokee Limited 4x2, with the step up to 4x4 also adding $2,000 to each. The Trail Rated Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 starts at $30,490. Those numbers will position the newest Jeep family member roughly in the middle of an extremely competitive niche that includes rivals like the Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

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"The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is entering the largest SUV segment in North America with an unmatched combination of capability, fuel efficiency, technology, safety and value," said Mike Manley, President and CEO -- Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep Cherokee is absolutely packed with content that includes numerous industry and segment 'firsts' that directly translate to a tremendous value for consumers shopping in the mid-size SUV segment."

Spun from the Chrysler/Fiat Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-W) platform, all members of the new Cherokee lineup will come with a standard Tigershark 2.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and is backed by a class-exclusive 9-speed automatic transmission -- a combo that will help the 5-passenger front-drive Cherokee return up to 31 mpg on the highway. All but the Sport models can be fitted with an optional 3.2-liter/271-horse Pentastar V6.

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Even at Sport level, the 2014 Cherokee's standard feature set is expansive and includes a full array of power assists, air conditioning, a Uconnect media center with a 5.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Hill Start Assist and 10 airbags. The roster of standards as well as options rises progressively through the Latitude -- which is expected to be the Cherokee volume leader -- and leather-lined Limited, to add things like more powerful audio systems, an 8.4-inch Uconnect Access HD radio with navigation setup, dual-pane CommandView panoramic sunroof and the choice of two different 4-wheel drive systems -- Jeep Active Drive I and dual-range Jeep Active Drive II -- both with the Selec-Terrain drive mode selector.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk offers a collection of features for those seeking the ultimate off-road capability: uniquely focused exterior/interior styling touches; dedicated suspension tuning and wheel/tire fitment; dual-range Jeep Active Drive Lock 4x4 system with Selec-Terrain and a locking rear differential; Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent Control and Hill-descent Control; plus skid plates an additional 1.0-inch of ground clearance.

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