2012 Jeep Liberty

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2011

Proving its loyalty to Jeep’s legendary 4x4 heritage, Jeep Liberty offers two Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive systems namely: the Command-Trac II and Selec-Trac II. Command-Trac II is a part-time four-wheel-drive system – the standard 4WD configuration. On the other hand, Command-Trac II can be operated in 2WD, 4WD Lock, 4 WD Low and Neutral.

It has also been revealed that the optional Selec-Trac II is a full-time, active on-demand four-wheel-drive system and the Select-Trac II operates in 2WD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Low and Neutral.

The Liberty is equipped with independent front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering and a five-link rear suspension. What powers all Jeep Liberty models is a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, which is offered as standard.

This 3.7-liter engine has an output of 210hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. Jeep Liberty was developed to attract customers who want a vehicle that has Jeep 4x4 capability as well as comfort and convenience. It is aimed at new families, couples, and young singles (between 30 and 40 years of age).

For its 2012 edition, the Jeep Liberty has undergone a complete renewal from its original version. It reinterprets the classic Jeep ruggedness in order to consolidate the loyalty of current owners, as well as to attract wider interest. Some of its standout new features include:

1. Integration of classic Jeep body style and enhanced cabin functionality to create greater market interest;

2. A new and exclusive Sky Slider full-open canvas roof that introduces the "Only in a Jeep" open-air ride experience to mid-size SUV segment; and

3. Enhanced front and rear seat comfort and spaciousness as well as greater cargo capacity

Safety and Security Features

The new Jeep Liberty features a complete set of active and passive safety features. Electronic Stability Program, All-speed Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Brake Assist, advanced anti-lock brakes, rain sensing wipers, Tire Pressure Monitoring and side-curtain air bags are all available as standard equipment.

New Technologies

A new system assimilating audio, entertainment, navigation and hands-free communication functions is featured on the Jeep Liberty. This is the MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System which is controlled by either voice commands or a touch screen. A 20-gigabyte hard drive for storing picture and media files and a voice-memo recorder are also included. MyGIG enables real-time traffic monitoring via SIRIUS Satellite Radio and can suggest alternative journey routes from the traffic information.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio offers 130 channels to US-based customers. These include music, news, talk, sports, entertainment, traffic and weather channels all completely free of commercial interruptions. Meanwhile, the UConnect hands-free communication system utilises Bluetooth to connect the owner’s smartphone with the Liberty's on-board receiver.

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