• Mar 4, 2011
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Chrysler has been mighty busy these past few months. The Auburn Hills, MI-based automaker has launched all-new versions of the Dodge Durango and Charger, the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. That's a very full product onslaught, yet Team Pentastar also found the time to give thorough (if overdue) refreshes to most of the other vehicles in its lineup. One vehicle missing from that long list of re-dos is the Jeep Liberty, but a report from Kicking Tires suggests that may change for 2012.

KT cites a Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted by Chrysler that shows that the Liberty will be remade next year. We're not sure if the Liberty will be refreshed or if Chrysler is planning a more comprehensive makeover, but we do know that any and all changes are welcome. The second-generation Liberty went on sale in the 2008 model year.

The Liberty's fraternal twin, the Dodge Nitro is in need of some refresh love itself, but interestingly enough, the slow-selling vehicle wasn't mentioned in the report. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne mentioned during the Detroit Auto Show that the Nitro "needs to be replaced," adding that the midsize SUV is "the most significant hole in our product portfolio."

Photos copyright ©2011 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

[Sources: Toledo Blade via Kicking Tires]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      DODGE the JEEP

      they are both trash!!

      0 resale value for any Dodge & try keeping a Jeep out of the service bay !
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's a "Didge Nitro"? I never heard of that car before.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I feel sorry for the Nitro

        I liked it and still do.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm glad I'm not the only one to catch that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it won't be a CrossoverCUV type vehicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original Liberty was a huge hit. 1St Mini SUV & a little style.
      The current size has a broader market but Jeep failed to upgrade performance.
      The price point of the Liberty is key so can they add a pentastar V6 or turbo 4 banger and keep the sticker. Hope so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw the Liberty, it needs a rebirth as an all new Cherokee. I never understood why they decided to drop the Cherokee name. Much like the Taurus name, it had recognition and history.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      We own a 2010 Jeep Liberty Limited and love it, although I agree that they should have kept the "Cherokee" nameplate. We also own a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, and both have given us very good service with only minor problems. All are taken in for regular checkups and oil changes every 3,000 miles. If you take care of your vehicle it will take care of you. I'm willing to bet that most of the people who wrote negative reviews don't even own a Liberty or any Jeep.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what does the Autoblog crowd think has held this car back the most?
      Poor interior?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can tell you why Jeep people hate the Liberty. Aside from being poorly built and ugly, it has IFS and is not built with any real offroad capability in mind. I'm driving around in a 10 year old Cherokee (which I admittedly love) because the Wrangler doesn't fit my needs. I want something as capable as the original Cherokee that is also an enclosed SUV, preferably with similar dimensions to the original Cherokee or even the original Grand Cherokee.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jeeps have never been industry leaders in any of the categories you mentioned. I think the Jeep lineup is what has hurt this vehicle. You have the Commander, Liberty, and Patriot. The Liberty ends up being the middle one. It looks just like the larger, more expensive Commander while offering less room while getting worse mileage than it's Patriot and Compass siblings. Then there is the Grand Cherokee.

        What is it's purpose in this lineup?

        I would be all for giving it the Wrangler treatment at the front axle while aiming to make it a smaller, less luxurious Grand Cherokee, kind of what the old XJ was.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Love my 1st generation Liberty. 2nd gen was a real downgrade on the interior quality and ergonomics, and moved the tire from the door to the underside, adding much needed trunk space.

        It's the wife's car, and it's darn near indestructible. Thank gawrsh, too, since I do want her safe at all times. She was rear-ended by a Suburban @ 50mph -- totalling the Chevy -- but the Libby only took $3k damage, and we were able to drive the car to the beach that same weekend. I've hit a deer in it (running OVER it), and it didn't even wake up my wife or kid. No damage -- just required a good car wash!

        It's slow, but at least it uses a lot of fuel!

        Seriously, the 4spd tranny sucks so much power to drive the hydraulics, it never feels like all 210hp are there.

        Visibility is great, but the gas mileage is terrible. (we average 16mpg in DC). Still, when no other car is on the road, we're trucking along. I find the ride very comfortable with the tall tires, it's very easy to park, and we've had zero (ZERO) repairs in the 7 years we've had it.

        I think that the major reason it didn't sell is because the girls love it (it's a Cute Ute) and most men are too insecure to drive something that the girls like as well. Just a guess.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it is very clear that the powertrain was the biggest constraint. While real world MPG wasn't too far behind some of it's V6 competitors, and the performance was probably adequate for most, the measurables just did not stack up well enough on paper. The most disappointing part is that Chrysler had the equipment in their arsenal to at least reduce the gaps between the Liberty and it's competition.

        For starters, the engine. I realize Chrysler had the Pentastar in the pipeline for a while, but they simply shouldn't have waited that long to make a change. Tell me this, why wasn't the 3.7 given the same upgrades as the 4.7 received in 2008, that bumped the HP from 230 to 305-310 and improved mileage slightly? I can't imagine there would have been that much overhead in applying the same changes to the 3.7, which is based on the same design. That would have yielded a far more competitive 240 HP (and been Flex Fuel capable). That change also coincided with the Liberty's update in 2008, so the perfect time to exploit that.

        As for the transmission, the reluctance to at least use the Mercedes-designed 5-speed from the Grand Cherokee seems to be little more than cost cutting. Those two things would have gone a long way.

        I don't think the design of the interior was the biggest issues. Better materials could have been used, but Jeep owners can tolerate this as long as things are durable. The biggest flaw with the interior probably had more to do with a constraint of the platform itself - the solid rear axle. That killed the rear cargo space. Additionally, that also had the side effect of moving the back seat up (so called, ":stadium seating"), which in turn necessitated a higher roofline and made the Liberty less reminiscent of the old Cherokee. Despite what some Jeep loyalists say, a properly designed IFS can be plenty capable offroad.

        • 3 Years Ago
        These new Jeeps are just getting too polished. I'd be afraid to scratch the paint or to get mud on the carpets in one of these Liberties. They're styling them to be attractive, and it just looks weird ... like a lumberjack with hair gel and a tuxedo :-/.

        TJ and XJ Jeeps are the only true Jeeps.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dont let us down, Chrysler! Id love to see elements of the old XJ Cherokee in the mid and rear sections, and maybe a little TJ Wrangler thrown in to the front fascia. Ive always wanted to see a Jeep 'ute with Wrangler-esque grille and lights for some reason. Call me weird, I know.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If we're wishing, how about a small 4 banger diesel?
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would be the first generation Liberty.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didge the Dodge
        • 3 Years Ago
        It was painful... it was called Chapter 11, but things seem to be turning around
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh thank god...pentastar v6 please!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they can make it class competitive, because I would like to like it... It is the closest thing Jeep has to an XJ Cherokee, and seems so close to being great.
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