Chrysler Group is set to stop producing the Jeep Liberty SUV on Thursday. Since this SUV started production 11 years ago, it has undergone two makeovers. Chrysler said that it will start to produce the Liberty’s successor this spring. The new version will be built on the same platform as that used by the 2013 Dodge Dart. It will be equipped with an exciting powertrain – a new 3.2-liter V-6 engine that will be partnered to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep hasn’t named its new mid-sized SUV yet. Many people in the industry look at the outgoing Liberty and see how it is kind of caught in between larger older models such as the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and younger and less impressive models like the Compass and Patriot.
The outgoing Liberty was the product of the failed collaboration between Chrysler and Daimler AG. This model actually shares the problems that other Chrysler models had during that time.
When Fiat S.p.A. took over Chrysler, the outgoing Liberty was improved a bit but even then, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne considered the outgoing Liberty as one of the weakest models in its lineup, along with the Dodge Nitro, which has since been discontinued.
That’s not to say that the Liberty was a terrible vehicle. In fact, it’s a very good off-roader and is second only to the Wrangler in its capabilities. Compared to the Grand Cherokee, it is lighter and smaller and so it offered a comfortable ride due to its short wheel-base and high center of gravity.
The 2008 Jeep Liberty features the lineup’s first redesign since it was introduced. The all-new Liberty embraces its roots and takes on a more rugged design that’s guaranteed to broaden its appeal and strengthen its draw both to new customers and current owners.
Among the features you can find in the 2008 Jeep Liberty are classic Jeep exterior styling, a functional interior space, a canvas Sky Slider full-open roof that brings an open-air experience to the mid-size SUV market, an increased cargo capacity, and added space and improved seat comfort for both front and rear passengers.
Moreover, the 2008 Jeep Liberty boasts a full range of passive and active safety systems. Standard equipment includes the Electronic Stability Program, the All-speed Traction Control, the Electronic Roll Mitigation, the Brake Assist, rain sensing wipers, advanced anti-lock brakes, side-curtain air bags, and Tire Pressure Monitoring.
In addition, the new Jeep Liberty has the high-tech MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System, which is a completely integrated navigation, audio, hands-free communication, and entertainment system. MyGIG allows you to use the voice commands or the touch screen display to control the vehicle’s features. It also includes a 20-GB hard drive where you can store music and photos.
This system has a voice-memo recorder function and it also supports real-time traffic information, which is available through the SIRIUS Satellite Radio. What’s more, based on information on real-time traffic conditions, MyGIG can provide you with an alternate drive route.