Long Front Overhang is becoming a problem.

Exhibit A: Jeep Cherokee 3/4 front view

When the new Cherokee debuted, I was not in love with the design direction. I will admit, its weirdness has grown on me, but the one unforgivable sin has to be the enormous front overhang.

Exhibit B: Jeep Cherokee side view


There is so much mass in front of the front axle, not only does it negatively affect the aesthetic profile, there are real world physical consequences to this overhang.

As I was walking my dog this morning, a neighbor was backing her Cherokee down the driveway (typical suburban 5%-8% slope toward street), and the front fascia scraped in her way down.


Her vehicle is not modified in any way. It’s not a Trailhawk model, and judging by the badging, likely FWD. This vehicle is the very ideal of the CUV craze; it defines the term “crossover”. How in the hell should a Jeep, of all brands, find itself unable to traverse a typical suburban driveway without scraping?

Note: I realize, of course, that increasing front overhangs are a result of more stringent pedestrian safety standards.