Report: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Transmission Problem Causes Delay

Production of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been delayed yet again, this time so that Chrysler can reprogram the crossovers' transmissions. According to Automotive News, the company is currently tweaking the software that controls the powertrain of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee uses a new nine-speed automatic transmission made by supplier ZF, but problems with the transmission's calibration reportedly forced Chrysler to make some last-minute changes. The automaker delayed a press drive event of the new Cherokee that was scheduled for this week, and reportedly has not shipped assembled 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers to dealers.

"Over the last couple of weeks during final quality and durability testing, we have discovered the opportunity to further improve powertrain calibration in the Jeep Cherokee," Chrysler said in an emailed statement. "Our senior management has stated many times that we will only introduce a vehicle -- to consumers and media -- when it is flawless."

Despite the company delaying the car's media introduction and when it will ship to dealers, a Chrysler representative said that 2014 Jeep Cherokee, "production continues and the vehicles will be in showrooms in September," as originally planned. Production of the new model was previously delayed because of issues preparing tooling on the assembly line, as well as with configuring the automatic transmission.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers buyers a choice between a 271-hp, 3.2-liter V-6, and a 184-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine, both of which are mated to the new nine-speed automatic. The crossover, which was introduced at the New York auto show, starts at $23,900, after destination charges.

Sources: Automotive News, Chrysler

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