Jeep Liberty

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Jeep Liberty
2012 Jeep Liberty -- NHTSA.jpg
2012 Jeep Liberty
Overview
Manufacturer Jeep (Chrysler)
Production 2001[1]–August 21st, 2012
Model years 2002–2013
Assembly
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
Successor Jeep Cherokee (KL)

The Jeep Liberty, or Jeep Cherokee (KJ/KK) outside North America, was a compact SUV produced by the Jeep marque of Chrysler from model years 2002–2013. Introduced as a replacement for the Cherokee (XJ), the Liberty was priced between the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. It was the smallest of the 4-door Jeep SUVs up until the car based 4-door Compass and Patriot arrived for 2007. The Liberty featured unibody-construction. It was assembled at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in the United States, as well as in other countries including Egypt and Venezuela. In 2010 estimates by Jeep were that 70% of Liberty buyers were new to the marque.[3] The Liberty ceased production on August 16, 2012. The next generation restored the previous nameplate of Jeep Cherokee that was always used outside of North America.

First generation KJ (2002–2007)[edit]

2005–2007 Jeep Liberty
Main article: Jeep Liberty (KJ)

Inspired by styling from the Dakar[4] and Jeepster[5] concept vehicles, the Liberty was intended as a replacement for the discontinued Jeep Cherokee. The Liberty also marked a few firsts for Jeep. It was the first Jeep vehicle to use rack and pinion steering.[6] It also the first Jeep to use the two then-new PowerTech engines; the 150 horsepower (110 kW) 2.4 L straight-4, which was discontinued in 2006, and the 210 horsepower (160 kW) 3.7 L V6. However, the Liberty was not the first Jeep vehicle to use an independent front suspension, as the Jeep Wagoneer first used it in the 1963 model. But, that independent front suspension was limited to four wheel drive versions and, even then, was a short lived option.[7] In addition, the Liberty was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2002.

Three trim levels were initially offered; the top end Limited, a more rugged looking Renegade and the base Sport. All were made available with either 2WD or 4WD. In 2005, all Liberty received a minor facelift. The 2005, 2006 Renegade and 2005 Rocky Mountain Edition Liberties received an exclusive flat hood and taller grille. In 2007, the Renegade trim level was replaced with the Latitude which appeared to focus more on an urban appearance and lost the Renegade trim's unique hood and grille.

Second generation KK (2008–2013)[edit]

2008–2012 Jeep Liberty
Main article: Jeep Liberty (KK)

The Jeep Liberty received a complete redesign for the 2008 model year with a more boxy and off-road look, like that of the 2007 Dodge Nitro, the latter of which lasted until its final production in December 2011. The 2008 Liberty debuted at the 2007 New York International Auto Show.[8]

With the smaller Patriot and Compass crossover SUVs now available to cater to MPG-conscious buyers, the four-cylinder engine was dropped from the Liberty's offerings. The iron-block, aluminum-head V6 was the only engine available for 2008. Towing capacity was 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg). Jeep discontinued the Liberty CRD for the American market because it couldn't meet tougher 2007 emissions standards for diesel engines. Transmission choices were both carry-overs: a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Standard equipment included electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. New Features included standard side airbags. Optional features are rain-sensing wipers, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, a navigation system, and the MyGig entertainment system, complete with a 30GB hard drive.

Total U.S. sales[edit]

Calendar Year Sales
2001 88,485
2002 171,212
2003 162,987
2004 167,376
2005 166,883
2006 133,557
2007 92,105
2008[9] 66,911
2009[10] 43,503
2010[11] 49,564
2011[12] 66,684
2012[13] 75,483

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeep Liberty (KJ)". jeepsonly.com. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Arab American Vehicles Co". Aav.com.eg. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  3. ^ Mid-size SUV attracts new buyers to marque[dead link]
  4. ^ "Jeep Dakar Concept". Mojeepin.com. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Jeep Jeepster Concept". MoJeepin.com. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Jeep Liberty Steering". Allpar.com. 2005-05-15. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Bruce Rice's 1963 IFS Wagoneer 4x4". wagoneers.com. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  8. ^ "2008 Jeep Liberty Front Corner Photo". Automobilemag.com. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  9. ^ "December 2008 Sales: Chrysler LLC". CheersandGears.com. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC December 2009 Sales". CheersandGears.com. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC December 2010 Sales". CheersandGears.com. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  12. ^ "Chrysler sales shoot up 37% (26% for 2011)". allpar.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  13. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC Reports December 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 10 Percent" (Press release). Chrysler Group LLC. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-04.