The Jeep Liberty is also referred to as the Jeep Cherokee outside of North America. This was a compact SUV that was produced by Jeep, which was is a marque of Chrysler. The vehicle was produced from 2002 through 2013. The Liberty was first introduced to replace the Cherokee XJ. The price for the Liberty was between the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee.
The Liberty was the smallest of the Jeep SUVs until the Compass and the Patriot arrived in 2007. One of the features of the Liberty was its unibody construction. In the United States it was manufactured in the Toledo North Assembly Plant. It was also manufactured in other countries including Venezuela and Egypt.
In the year 2010, it was estimated by Jeep that about 70% of the buyers of the Liberty were new to their brand. Production of the Liberty was ceased on the 16th of August, 2012. The next generation of the Liberty restored the name Cherokee that had always been used outside of North America.
The Liberty was inspired by the styling of the Jeepster and the Dakar concept vehicles. It was intended to be the replacement for the Jeep Cherokee, which had been discontinued. The model marked several firsts for the Jeep brand. It was the first vehicle that would use rack and pinion steering. Additionally, it was the first to use the new PowerTech engines. There were two types of these engines the 150 horsepower L straight four, which was discontinued in the year 2006, and the 210 horsepower LV6.
The Jeep Liberty was not the first of these vehicles to use independent front suspension as this was first seen in the Jeep Wagoneer in the model from 1963. However, this independent front suspension had been limited to the four wheel drive versions and was a short lived option that was available.
In 2002, the Liberty was nominated as the North American Truck of the Year. There were 3 trims offered at first. They were the top end Limited, a rugged looking version called the Renegade, and the base option was the Sport. Each was made available in both 2WD and 4WD.
The Liberty model had a minor facelift in the year 2005. The Renegade and the Rocky Mountain edition were given a flat hood with a taller grille. In the year 2007, the Renegade trim was replaced by the Latitude that appeared to be focused on a more urban appearance and the unique hood and the grille of the Renegade trim were lost.
From 2008 through 2013, a second generation KK was introduced. The 2008 model year of the Jeep Liberty saw the vehicle receive a complete redesign. It was boxier and had an off road look. This was similar to that of the Dodge Nitro, which lasted until its final production run in the year 2011.
The latest version of the Liberty made its debut in New York at the International Auto Show in 2007. The Compass and the Patriot, which was crossover SUVs that were introduced and were available for those who were more conscious about miles per gallon, Jeep stopped offering the four cylinder option. The only engine that was available in 2008 was the aluminum head, iron block V6.
The towing capacity of the new Liberty was 5000 pounds. Jeep would discontinue production of the Liberty CRD for the market in America because the company could not meet the 2007 emissions standards that had been set for 2007 and were much tougher.
Some of the newer features that started being offered since 2008 include standard side airbags, Sirius satellite radio, navigational systems, a 30 GB hard drive, and the MyGig, which is an entertainment system.