Jalopnik has learned that the reason why the latest 2014 Jeep Cherokee revival has had its sales launch delayed—which was supposedly due to needed powertrain “tweaks”—those “tweaks” were actually a result of problems arising from the nine-speed automatic that ZF has just introduced.
The problem isn’t quite a mechanical issue, but seems to rather be a software issue as Jalopnik was told that the transmission just has trouble engaging into 8th and 9th gears when equipped with the 2.4L Tigershark engine. This is because the engine is forced to rev at quite a low speed when in its highest gear, which also just happens to be short of the four-bangers powerband.
Either way, Chrysler appears to be working around the clock to remedy the situation since delaying a media event can cost quite a bit of money. But all in all, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a crucial launch for the brand.
– By: Chris Chin