Chrysler’s replacement for Jeep Liberty remains sketchy

Article by Anita Panait, on April 11, 2012

Although Chrysler has yet to divulge details as well as images of the vehicle that will serve as the replacement for the Jeep Liberty, there are some hints offered.  The Liberty replacement, which has been referred to by some Internet guys as the Liberkee (a combination of Liberty and Cherokee), is believed to be a vehicle that promises to provide more than the outgoing Liberty. 

The replacement vehicle for the Liberty is said to be built on a stretched version of the platform that’s used on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The replacement vehicle for the Liberty will be powered by a new 3.2-liter version of Chrysler’s V-6 Pentastar engine. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels though a transverse nine-speed transmission. There are some hints that the replacement vehicle for the Liberty will be fitted with a version of the Fiat MultiAir system.

Chrysler’s engineers reportedly have been improving the Fiat MultiAir system to the point that that the system is almost unrecognizable. Chrysler plans to produce the replacement vehicle for the Liberty at its Toledo, Ohio site, the traditional home of the Jeep. Chrysler is investing $500 million in the Toledo North plant to upgrade its production ability.

In January, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of both Fiat and Chrysler, hinted that the replacement vehicle for the Liberty would be around 500 pounds lighter than the outgoing Liberty model. At the time, he said that the company may have overinvested in the amount of steel used in the Liberty by around 500 pounds.

Judging from Marchionne’s statement, the replacement vehicle for the Liberty will have a base-model curb weight of just under 3,600 pounds. The company will cut most of the extra poundage by using high-strength steel and lower-weight axles. Chrysler will also refrain from adding 4x4 heavy-duty components that add lots of weight.

Since entering the market in 2002, the Jeep Liberty remains a mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) leader. Off-road enthusiasts and owners get a feeling of personal freedom and ability that define the Jeep brand, especially from this popular mid-size SUV.

Completely new for 2008 but still true to its legendary heritage, the 4x4 Jeep Liberty offers two Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive systems: Command-Trac and the all-new Selec-Trac II. A new independent front and new five-link rear suspension as well as rack-and-pinion steering has refined and improved on-road handling and ride.

The Liberty has a redesigned exterior that embraces the classic ruggedness of the Jeep look, which will definitely attract attention from not just current Liberty owners, but also from other consumers. It also features improved seat comfort and more cargo, storage, and inside space. This also marks the world debut for the new industry-exclusive Sky Slider full-open canvas roof, which gives the Jeep Liberty the "Only in a Jeep" open-air experience. The list of available features and options continue to grow. Among them are rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, express up/down windows, and remote start. Two models are available: Jeep Liberty Sport and Jeep Liberty Limited.

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