AUBURN HILLS- Chrysler Group LLC is resurrecting its Jeep Cherokee nameplate to replace the Liberty in the U.S., officials recently confirmed.
The new 2014 vehicle will be built at Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio, and is slated to arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
Chrysler said the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will set “a new standard with even more best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road driving dynamics, and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus the outgoing mid-size SUV model.”
Speculation surrounding what vehicle would replace the Liberty, which the Auburn Hills-based automaker sold 75,483 units of in the U.S. last year, has been ongoing for about a year.
The announcement, as well as four photos from Chrysler, came hours after automotive website Jalopnik.com released photos of the vehicle.
The vehicle is set to make its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show next month.
The last time Chrysler sold Cherokee’s in the U.S. was in the early 2000s. However, globally, Chrysler sold the Liberty as the Cherokee.
The release comes at an important time for the Jeep brand, which recorded global sales of 701,626 units in 2012, setting a new, all-time high – bettering the brand’s previous annual high of 675,494 units sold in 1999.