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

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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?

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