Opinions on the Jeep Liberty replacement appear to be just as divided as those on the current Liberty. The mid-range SUV we have now hasn't done whopping sales numbers for a while, and gets dinged for its engine, transmission, gas mileage and reliability, but in its penultimate year of existence, Jeep moved almost 40 percent more of them than the year before. The Liberty replacement that is yet unnamed is expected to be built on a Dodge Dart platform and pack an available nine-speed transmission. Sadly, there's no word yet about a possible CRD model for North America.

The times, they are a' changin', and Automotive News reports that the final Liberty will say goodbye to the Toledo North Assembly Plant next Thursday, August 15. Bittersweet though it may be to some, and as as fearful as others might be of what's coming, if we look at what Jeep's done over the past couple of years, then we'll wish the current Liberty a happy retirement and look forward to what's coming.


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      murphyunc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Jeep, Bring back the (plain old) cherokee, put a small diesel in it, stick a working mans price on it and you wont be able to make them fast enough
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @murphyunc
        I do want another Cherokee, but I would get the gas version and a nice six speed. 15k base, with nothing on it and an option of a High torque 4 cyl and a mini Pentastar.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          For $15,000? It would have the quality of a Tata Nano. It will never happen, thank inflation.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sincerely hope they use the same formula they did with the new Grand Cherokee. I was not a huge Jeep fan, but I drove the new Grand Cherokee for a couple of days and I was completely taken by how fantastic it was to drive and how comfortable, but not too floaty. Very nice cabin considering its price and capability off-road, decent materials and no rattles. The mileage was not fantastic, but it wasn't bad either and the V6 pulled it with no problems.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope that they will bring back the Cherokee name.
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        The Liberty was supposed to have been called Cherokee here in North America, but was changed at the last minute. Through in the rest of work, it's a Jeep Cherokee.
        RetrogradE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        I think using the name Cherokee is pejorative to native americans. That's why I can't watch the KC Chiefs play football, either. That's why I root for the Redskins.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I rented one recently, while I agree that all the 4WD gear on it is really cool and stuff, I believe even in a 2wd disguise this one drinks 17 mpg city for 10 second 0-60 and 200 bhp. About time that they retired it anyway!
      talari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the CJ-5. Sure, the were dangerous, big tires, high center of gravity, and a rough ride but give me the 305 V-8, take off the top, remove the doors, fold down the windshield and it's more fun than a Harley!
      pjohnston512
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2004 Liberty, which I bought in 2006. I just paid it off. First vehicle I have ever kept long enough to pay off. Except for the crappy gas mileage, I absolutely have loved my Liberty. I love driving it and it's as cute as a button! Sorry to see it go.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope the replacement won't be a CUV .
      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hardly a classic. Just another vehicle that's outlived its publicity.
      007 Vodka Martini
      • 2 Years Ago
      You won't be missed. My mother-in-law leases one of these. Worthless POS. Sayonara M-fer.
      car-a-holic
      • 2 Years Ago
      The architect of this unworthy Cherokee replacement should have been publicly drawn and quartered lol sorry.... But not really
      muppethead
      • 2 Years Ago
      dart platform? Will that be any good for offroad? I think they should bring back the jeep Cherokee. Obviously not the same one but people want a smallish but capable SUV
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muppethead
        Totally agree. That was the only small-ish SUV that wasn't "cute". Just shrink the GC!
        threefortyduster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muppethead
        Don't forget the original Cherokee was a unibody. People tend to forget that it was the original crossover as we know it today.
          Jason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @threefortyduster
          It was not a crossover. It may have been unibody, but it wasn't built off a car-platform, so it's not a cross-over.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but I think if they would have dropped the Pentastar and 6 speed transmission in this, and gave the interior a few tweaks to bring it past 2009 this thing would still be selling well. The appearance resonates with a lot of die hard Jeep fans, but the powertrain is an abomination in this day and age.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        The entire vehicle was an abomination. It was time for it to go.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        I agree. I have an 09 and the only things that really bother me about it are the piss-poor interior materials and equally piss-poor gas mileage. I was looking forward to a mid-cycle refresh with the pentastar, and when I found it wasn't going to happen it was extremely disappointing. Hoping they keep the spirit of Jeep alive in the next one, but the platform makes me nervous. Not sure how they're going to make a lifted Dart as all-around capable as the current Liberty is.
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