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Chrysler Group to end production of its Jeep Liberty SUV next week

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.

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Chrysler’s replacement for Jeep Liberty remains sketchy

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.

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U.S. regulators investigating Jeep Liberty for potential in advertent airbag deployment

The U.S. safety regulators’ probe on Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles for potential inadvertent airbag deployment is inching towards a recall after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded its investigation to an engineering analysis. A total of 386,873 Chrysler SUVs from model years 2002 and 2003 units are affected by this issue.

A recall will be announced if the agency finds that the automaker has to address a safety issue. And speaking of recalls, more than 52,000 older Tribute SUVs are being recalled by Mazda Motor Corp Motor Corp. for potential brake fluid leaks.

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz has started to investigate consumer complaints of fuel odor that may be a leak in about 8,000 older E55 AMG sedans and wagons. With regards to the Chrysler matter, the agency has found 87 reports of unintentional driver or passenger front airbag deployment, leading to 50 alleged injuries, such as burns, cuts and bruises to the upper body, according to online documents.

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Jeep Liberty plant in Ohio cites benefits from four-day week

A year-long experiment done in Chrysler Group's Toledo, Ohio facility where it manufactures the Jeep Liberty SUV -- previously sold in Europe as the Cherokee -- has been a success. European automakers struggling to find new ways to reduce costs to cope with fading domestic markets should consider taking a look at the plant.

The facility operates 10 hours each day for four days each week to build the SUV. Even when automobile output matches that of a conventional eight-hour-a-day, five-day workweek, the costs of production are lower because equipment is idle one more day each week.

Also, costs of labor remain unchanged because the workers are still working 40 hours each week, but have regular three-day weekends and a 20% reduction in their commuting costs and time. Moreover, the environment is benefitted, as emissions from the employees' vehicles and from the facility is lessened. The new work schedule started in January 2011 as a two-month experiment.

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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.

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On Nov. 16, Chrysler Group will be revealing details about what it is planning for its Toledo North Assembly plant. This is the date that CEO Sergio Marchionne is set to visit the plant to inform workers and local politicians about the plan to replace the Jeep Liberty.

Filings with state and local governments show that Chrysler is prepared to invest a minimum of $365 million in the 10-year-old plant and it also intends to create 1,105 jobs in this facility to make the successor to the Liberty.

Toledo North was built by Chrysler right before Toledo Supplier Park, the newest assembly plant.

Read the entire article Chrysler to announce plan to replace its aging Jeep Liberty next week

The new 2012 Liberty Arctic Special Edition from Jeep has been launched. The Arctic is a package based on Liberty Sport 4x4 models and shares several features with the Wrangler Arctic. It is offered with the following exterior color options: Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White and Mineral Gray. The “Arctic” badges on the front fenders are shared but the Liberty edition exclusively features the “Arctic” decal on the hood.

It features a set of semi-gloss black 16-inch aluminum wheels with center caps that have a semi-gloss black paint.

They are covered in P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain tires. This special edition also comes with deep tint glass and tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps and standard fog lamps. Its black and Arctic Orange color scheme is similar to what’s used in the Wrangler. Its seats have a black vinyl covering with a Gortex embossment.

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Even as Chrysler celebrates its full repayment of government loans with no less than President Barack Obama this Friday, it faces some pretty risky challenges as it designs the third generation of its Jeep Liberty. Chrysler’s executives will participate at a joint victory lap with the US president at its Toledo assembly complex this Friday.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Liberty. It is one of the first vehicles in the U.S. to be built on the CUSW architecture that’s derived from Fiat. There’s a lot at stake on this upcoming Liberty version.

At the Detroit auto show last January, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it’s necessary for this vehicle to be “perfect” for two main reasons. First of all, Chrysler has to take the lead again in the mid-sized SUV segment.

Read the entire article Chrysler says that next Jeep Liberty has to be perfect

After letting us see the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, Chrysler also wanted us to see the 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet appearance package at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet package will come with a price tag of $1,495 on Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited models.

For individuals who desire the 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet, this model will be offered in four exterior colors: Charcoal, Bright Silver, Blackberry and Brilliant Black.

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After we saw the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, Chrysler also wanted to show us ahead of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show the 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet appearance package. The special edition comes with a brand new set of 20-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped in P245/50R20 all-season tires.

Furthermore, the appearance was improved using a new chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps, new blacked-out headlamps as well as unique ‘Jet’ badging.

For those already interested in this special edition, they must know that the 2011 Liberty Jet will be offered in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.

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What happens when the Jeep Wrangler off-road expert utility transforms into a pickup up? Jeep has the answer unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in form of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The brand calls the Gladiator as the most capable midsize truck ever, as it combines a number of qualities that any 4x4 enthusiast would want for his or her pickup truck. In short, the all-new 2020 Gladiator isn't just appealing to Jeep’s customers but also to pickup buyers as well.

With the new Jeep Gladiator, one would get the brand’s vaunted 4x4 ruggedness, capability and dependability as complemented with extra utility, clever functionality, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains as well as a wide array of groundbreaking safety and advanced technology features. As Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand North America, puts it, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure.

Set to be produced in Toledo, Ohio, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be arriving at dealerships in the second quarter of 2019. It will be available in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a fusion between a Wrangler and a pickup truck

Soon enough, some police officers in Italy would be chasing criminal in armored versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This comes as the Arma dei Carabinieri, an Italian military force charged with police duties, has ordered a fleet of 19 units of Jeep Grand Cherokee to keep them well-equipped to guard against criminals and catch them.

All-new, each of the newly ordered Jeep Grand Cherokee is dressed up and equipped to help the Carabanieri in their police work, especially in combating terrorism. The exterior of these special Jeep Grand Cherokee are wrapped in the force’s institutional blue livery, with clear and large Carabinieri letterings on the front and on the sides. Likewise, these special Jeep Grand Cherokee models come with all-new blue LED flashers on the tailgate, located beside the license plate.

To make these Jeep Grand Cherokee models capable of helping the Carabinieri, various parts were armored. These armored parts include the windscreen, side window and body, as well as their tires. Likewise, the suspension components of these tactical Jeep Grand Cherokees were reinforced, allowing them to have better on-road handling capabilities. As a result of these modifications, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been transformed into a tactical vehicle that doesn’t just offer superb mechanical reliability to take on any mission while ensuring that members of the Carabinieri are safe and sound.

Read the entire article 19 armored Jeep Grand Cherokees become part of Italian Carabinieri’s mobile fleet

Ever since the Jeep Renegade compact sports utility vehicle arrived in 2014, it has been powered by diesel, gasoline or flex (gasoline plus ethanol) engines. But by the start of the decade (2020), the Renegade will also feature a new electrified version, and Fiat Chrysler is already preparing for its production.

In an announcement, FCA basically confirmed the arrival of the all-new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in 2020. It will be produced at the FCA Melfi Plant in Italy, where the carmaker is also building the conventionally powered Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. The Renegade has been built at its vehicle assembly plant in Melfi, Italy as well as in production locations in Brazil and China. It is the first Jeep product to be built exclusively outside of North America.

Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer for FCA’s EMEA region, noted that more 742,000 Renegades have already been produced so far at the Melfi facility, making the compact SUV and the plant the ideal product and location to launch Jeep’s new PHEV offering.

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The automotive industry has been choosing online shows and private debuts over huge annual car shows. These shows instantly cost automakers millions, and that is why car companies have decided to entirely let go of these. The most recent news we heard was from Lamborghini, when they said that they would be skipping the 2018 Paris Motor Show, along with BMW and Mercedes Benz. Now, another large auto group, with three of its core brands, plan to do the same.

To name them, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep, will not be attending this year’s Paris Motor Show, according to website, AutoPlus France. This is also the first time that the three car brands will be ditching a major show, and Fiat explains that it is because auto shows are no longer a must do part of its ongoing strategy. Even though the three main brands will not be in attendance, its mainstream luxury marque, Maserati, will be there together with Ferrari.

This isn’t really shocking news to anyone, as we have been hearing the same thing pretty much during the first half of the year. Other automakers that will be skipping the show in Paris include: Ford, Mazda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Opel, Subaru, Nissan and Volvo. In contrary to that, automakers that will join the show are Kia, Citroen, Jaguar, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Lexus, Peugeot, Smart, Suzuki and Toyota, meanwhile have committed to Paris for 2018.

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There are various challenges attached to creating a vehicle with an output of 707 horsepower. First of all, the vehicle will have to be constantly supplied with a generous stream of fuel. Apparently, that task proved to be too much for one of the suppliers of the components for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the fuel lines of this Trackhawk could detach. And when that happens, not only will the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine starve, but it will also start a fire.

Having said that, the FCA has reportedly recalled 1,242 units of these models in the United States to check and repair their fuel lines. The automaker estimates that these models were produced between October 10 during the beginning of the production and December 10, which is when a new quality control process was initiated. Lower versions of the Grand Cherokee are not affected here even if they have been furnished by the same supplier. This is because their fuel lines were made on a separate production line.

Read the entire article Recall issued for Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to repair easily detachable fuel lines

As of today, Jeep’s smallest SUV would be the Renegade, measuring just over 13 feet (396 centimeters) long, and 5 feet (152 cm) tall. To compare that with its largest range topping model, the Grand Cherokee has impressive dimensions of 16 feet (487 cm) long and almost 6 feet (182 cm) tall - that depends on the trim level still. Now, the American automaker believes that they could go another size down from the Renegade, as they plan to introduce a new SUV to be built in Europe.

In an interview between Automotive News and Mike Manley, the automaker’s CEO, he mentioned that the company is looking into an SUV that will be sized smaller than the Renegade, which he refers to as the “baby” Jeep. If this model pushes through as planned, it will be built in Europe, and will be sold in markets outside of the United States. Too bad, the Americans won’t get a mini Jeep.

If everything goes as planned, the baby Jeep will be built where the Fiat Panda minicar is being built, at FCA’s factory in Pomigliano, near Naples in Italy. According to some sources, the American automaker has been tossing around the idea of a baby SUV at FCA’s Pomigliano plant since early last year, telling them that this model could be built on the same platform as the Panda, 500 minicars, and the Lancia Ypsilon. However, this project has suffered many stops and starts.

Read the entire article Baby Jeep to start production in Italy, will be offered in non-US markets

Jeep is obviously busy and has been seen all over the globe, from revealing the Grand Commander in China, preparing the Renegade for a facelift, and launching the refreshed Cherokee. But even with all these projects lined up, the automaker has not stopped from adding a new special edition version for its European market. We’re referring of course to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S that customers from several countries in Europe can already order.

What makes the range-topping edition of the Grand Cherokee stand out from the rest of its variants would be the fact that it sits on 20-inch wheels and it features blackened lower and upper grilles in the front bumper, tinted windows with black chrome surround, and dual exhausts with black chrome finish. When you enter its cabin, it seems to match the exterior with its blacked out details including the wood finishes and black instrument panel accent stitching. It also gets Anodized Gun Metal accents.

Customers have a wide array of choices when it comes to choosing an exterior colour for the Grand Cherokee S, with 10 different hues. There are also three engines including the entry-level version that is a 3.0 liter diesel that carries out 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts), a 3.6 liter V6 with naturally aspirated gasoline engine, with as much as 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts), and a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 with as much as 352 horsepower (262 kilowatts), which is considered to be the range topping model.

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After releasing images of the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee, the American brand has finally unveiled in metal the world-renowned mid-size sports utility vehicle at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Serving as an update or a refresh of the fifth generation of the Jeep Cherokee (KL generation), the 2019 iteration of the vehicle features a new, authentic and more premium design that remains faithful to the iconic Jeep styling. As previous images had already shown, the new Jeep Cherokee features an all-new front end that aligns with the mid-size SUV on the premium side of the Jeep family while sporting the iconic Jeep styling.

For instance, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee now features conventional unified headlights. The new bi-LED projector headlamps have incorporated the signature Cherokee daytime running looks into one fixture, providing a fresh look, allowing the 2019 Cherokee to follow the visual lead of the latest iterations of the Jeep Compass and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new 2019 Cherokee also features dual LED fog lights on the re-sculpted front fascia. Likewise, the new 2019 Cherokee has retained its signature waterfall hood and is mated to the seven-slot grille – signifying the mid-size SUV as a member of the Jeep family – in a single piece. Clean visual lines separate the sloping lightweight aluminum hood from the front fenders.

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Jeep had recently teased the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee mid-size sports utility vehicle that will be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The refresh included a new front end with a tweaked nose and headlight design. While the Jeep Renegade isn't getting a major refresh yet, recently leaked images show that the brand’s compact SUV is getting some subtle changes to its styling for the 2019 model year.

An Instagram user who goes by the name “Renegade Jeeps” has posted two images of the upcoming 2019 Jeep Renegade. One of the images shows the front end of the Renegade, while the other picture reveals the center stack inside the compact crossover. The Instagram user described the enhancements made on the front end of the Jeep Renegade as a facelift, although these visual tweaks weren’t major ones. For instance, the front end of the new 2019 Jeep Renegade features more angular elements than before. The headlights have also been revised, and they now sport new rectangular sections in the middle section. Furthermore, cutouts that border the circular headlights are now given a square-like shape.

Likewise, the new 2019 Jeep Renegade now comes with light-colored element around each rim. On the other hand, the overall trim of the grille in the 2019 Renegade has been made lighter than other parts of the body, resulting to a two-tone character up front. In addition, the edges of each of the seven slots on the iconic grille are now sharper than those on the current Renegade. Furthermore, the distance between the fog lights seems to have been reduced.

Read the entire article Spy images show tweaks on front grille and infotaiment screen of 2019 Jeep Renegade

Even before people has become more familiar with the 2018 iteration of the Jeep Cherokee mid-size sport-utility vehicle, the carmaker has already revealed the looks of the SUV for the 2019 model year. The released images are actually teasers for the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which will be unveiled at the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2019 model year marks a refresh or update of the fifth generation of the Jeep Cherokee (KL generation). This is seen as the main reason why Jeep – or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in extension – is already creating some hype for the highly successful crossover. Dubbed by Jeep as the most capable SUV, Cherokee will be unveiled on January 16, 2018 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to the carmaker, the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee will have a new, authentic and more premium design. Furthermore, Jeep said that more fuel-efficient powertrain options will be made available for the updated Cherokee.

Spy images had already indicated that the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee would have a new front end design. Nonetheless, it is always wise to wait for the official confirmation from the carmaker regarding design, specs or feature details. In the case of the 2019 Cherokee, the SUV having a new front end was confirmed by Jeep by releasing official images.

Read the entire article Jeep releases first images of facelifted 2019 Cherokee before 2018 Detroit Auto Show