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.