What's holding up the launch of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee?
"We have the perfect storm: new product, new plant, new people, new platform," says Mauro Pino, Chrysler's manufacturing boss.
Chrysler had planned to begin building Cherokees in Toledo, Ohio, on May 23, but production didn't start until June 24. And the company still hasn't shipped vehicles to dealers because it's making last-minute fixes.
Last week Chrysler took the unusual step of postponing a planned media drive in Seattle so it could tweak the powertrain software.
When it arrives in showrooms this fall -- we assume -- the Cherokee will be powered by one of two new engines teamed with a new nine-speed automatic transmission licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen. Also new on the Cherokee is a disconnecting driveline system developed by American Axle that severs the link to the rear wheels when they're not needed in order to boost fuel economy.