The replacement for the aging Jeep Liberty is expected to debut at next January's Detroit Auto Show, and when it does, a brand-new Pentastar powertrain will reportedly be spinning underhood. According to Automotive News, Chrysler will offer a downsized 3.2-liter V6 in the Liberty mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF. The current Pentastar V6 displaces 3.6 liters and has been well-received by both critics and buyers in everything from the refreshed Dodge Journey to new Chrysler 300.

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne reiterated to AN that efficient transmissions play a huge role in the development of engines. "If we had known the eight-speed was coming, we could have made the [3.6-liter] Pentastar a 3.2-liter," he said.

Currently, the Liberty is available with a 3.7-liter SOHC V6 that produces 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. This new 3.2-liter/nine-speed combo will surely improve performance, not to mention overall efficiency, though specific power and fuel economy details are still up in the air at this time.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still won't have as many speeds as my Schwinn
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      The next Liberty had better be called Cherokee and it better live up to the name.
        Buckets81
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Nothing will live up to the Cherokee name unless they drop the IFS.
          Buckets81
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckets81
          ">hating on IFS ******* moron" Tell that to the driver of the Xterra I had to pull up a hill last weekend (with my Cherokee) because he kept hanging front tires and couldn't, get enough traction to make it to the top. ******* troll.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckets81
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          @Buckets81
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      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope this newer generation Liberty will be just as nice as the new Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am also rather curious as to what the MPG's will be...
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        Hmm, looking at the weight of the Liberty compared to the Dodge Charger w/ 8-speed, this should at the very least get 31 MPG hwy, possibly 33 MPG. It remains to be seen.
          guyverfanboy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          Well the new generation better be more aerodynamic! This thing is boxy and boring!
      Archknight
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 3.2L will most likely also introduce MultiAir and DI into the V6 lineup, with that combination in mind they should be able to achieve similar power levels to the 3.6L and achieve 4 cylinder FE numbers. From rumors on Allpar, the 3.2L engine is suppose to be capable of 280-300hp. I assume they will use this engine in the next Avenger/200 replacements as well along with cars for Lancia and Alfa Romeo. This also makes way for the revised 3.6L with the same combination MultiAir/DI, that supposedly puts out 330+hp without turbo.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Archknight
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        My 1971 Buick had a 3-speed mushomatic: THAT was stone age. However, it was reliable, no self-destruction at 100,000 miles like so many automatics today.
      jay501
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, just NOOOOOO. I was not a fan of the liberty and thought it was a poor successor to the Cherokee, but this is bad news if he didn't misspeak. The new 9-speed transmission is a transaxle, meaning FRONT WHEEL DRIVE.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jay501
        Ug, I looked it up and your both right. That's disappointing. With Chrysler working so hard on brand differentiation I don't get why they're making crossover jeeps. They should be dodges. What's next, FWD Ram 1500?
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      What will it look like? I bet the mirrors will be on the doors.
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      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a poor representation of what a Jeep should be. I had two Jeeps back in the early 80's, they got poor gas milage, were cold in winter, and wern't comfortable. BUT, they went ANYWHERE, and I loved them.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rollie
        Anywhere is relative to the person. It will go anywhere 99% of people want to go and still be practical. If you really want to go ANYWHERE, the Wrangler Unlimited is the vehicle for you. I think it fills an important niche between hardcore and CUV. In the interest of full disclosure, I love my '05 Liberty CRD.
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rollie
        yea, just today they aren't cold, aren't uncomfortable, get better mileage and not only do they still go anywhere, but MORE places (Wrangler here, not liberty).
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      This Liberty replacement is the next step in the complete modernization of the Jeep lineup with world class leading vehicles. Yes the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler are without peer, but the Liberty, although acceptable against it's present competition, is old in tooth and no longer lives up to Jeep standards of excellence. I fully expect Jeep to transform the Fiat sourced platform into the class leader. With a downsized Pentastar engine, a rugged 9 speed transmission and the "SUV Magic" that only Jeep can deliver, this new Liberty is significant and the anticipation it is generating in the crossover market is deserved and building daily.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Did you pull that from a press release or do you work for Chrysler? " the Liberty, although acceptable against it's present competition" I literally laughed out loud at this, there is nothing "acceptable" about the current Liberty. Come on now...
        tipdrip215
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        How much does Sergio pay you to shill for him?
      LawrenceK
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why the automatic people? All Jeeps just need a manual. ...and my Patriot with the 5 speed is a great vehicle. Perfect body shap to drive, haul packages and get to camp. My Patriot is way mor flexible and fuel efficiant than my wife's Liberty.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aging and uncompetitive. The Liberty needs a Durango-quality refresh ASAP. Get rid of the awful Compass while you're at it too. The Patriot isn't much better either.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        "The replacement for the aging Jeep Liberty is expected to debut at next January's Detroit Auto Show" - There, fixed it all for you, just by pasting in the very first sentence of the post.
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