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Toledoans respond to new Jeep photos

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A photo of the new Jeep Cherokee. A photo of the new Jeep Cherokee.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Photos have been released of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee that will be built here in Toledo.

Plans have been kept secret since Chrysler announced they'd be replacing the Jeep Liberty. The official unveiling is set for the New York International Auto Show in March.

Most Toledoans Toledo News Now spoke to thought the design was an upgrade,

"That's one beautiful vehicle," said resident Billy Newell. "Wow, I love the front end on it. [It doesn't] even look like a Jeep."

But not everyone was a fan of the sleeker Cherokee.

"I don't know if I really like the curved front end with the bars going up and down," said resident Garland Scarberry.

The public got a peek at the new Jeep earlier than expected when pictures were leaked online last week. Automotive website Jalopnik posted unauthorized pictures of what they say is the new Cherokee in a production facility. The leak forced Chrysler to release their own promotional photos of the Jeep model more than a month before the car was supposed to be unveiled.

So far, Toledoans like what they see, and they're even more excited about the number of new jobs that will be created to support production of the Cherokee.

"Any time you add new jobs, you're going to get tickled to death about it," Scarberry said. "Keeps the economy going. Toledo could use that."

Production of the Cherokee is expected to add more than 1,000 new jobs at the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo. The new vehicle will be available in showrooms this fall.

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