UPDATE: Fourth-quarter 2013 debut confirmed for Australia.
Jeep's all-new 2014 Cherokee SUV has been given an official unveiling today, just hours after a single spy photo made its way out of a Chrysler manufacturing plant.
Due to replace the current Australian-market Cherokee, the new SUV brings a curvy new look to a model that has previously towed the line with Jeep's rugged image.
This new Cherokee borrows styling cues from the larger Grand Cherokee, but adds a new bowed look to the iconic Jeep grille, flanked by a split headlight design that brings to mind the old Pontiac Aztec.
Adding to the new road-focused styling is a rising belt-line and a lightly tapered roof, and a longer overhang at both ends.
"[The new Cherokee] sets 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," Jeep says of the new small SUV.
Few other details have been released, although it is understood the new Cherokee rides on the same CUSW platform that underpins the Dodge Dart small sedan and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Engines options will reportedly include a 3.2 litre V6 petrol, along with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel mills.
Fiat Chrysler Group Australia has confirmed the new Cherokee will make its Australian debut in the fourth quarter of this year.
“The current model Jeep Cherokee has been a strong sales performer since its launch in 2008 and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new model,” FCG Australia boss Clyde Campbell said.