Now that the Liberty has left us for greener pastures, it's time to start looking into the future of the midsize Jeep model. The next all-new vehicle for the off-road brand will be the SUV you see here, effectively replacing the Liberty, and not necessarily carrying on with that name.

From the sides, the prototype you see here sort of looks like a miniature version of the handsome Grand Cherokee, albeit with a bit more in the way of body sculpting. Up front, the seven-slat grille will be front and center, with completely revised headlamp designs that are reportedly angular and sweep well into the front fenders (you can sort of see what we're talking about in the side profile). That doesn't sound very Jeep-like, but we'll reserve judgment until we, you know, see the thing.

The bigger question with the Liberty replacement will be whether or not its off-road chops will be up to snuff. After all, the two previous generations of Liberty models were body-on-frame traditional SUVs, whereas this new Jeep rides on a larger version of the Dodge Dart platform.

We'll likely see the new Jeep debut at the New York Auto Show this spring, though we'll no doubt spot some less-camouflaged testers before then.


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      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stay tuned to the Liberty news in the future. A family member who works for Chrysler is telling me that this will be the first transverse engined Jeep with REAL low range gearing and full time AWD, which would make it the first modern crossover with a low range. This isnt just another crossover, it's going to push envelopes for the crossover segment.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quote: " After all, the two previous generations of Liberty models were body-on-frame traditional SUVs" The Liberty has never been body-on-frame. It has been unitbody from the get go, just like the Cherokee.
      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ewing is incorrect. Both earlier versions of the Liberty were not of body-on-frame construction, but were unibody with a small frame welded to it for extra strength. The same has been true for the original downsized Cherokee and all Grand Cherokees.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Jeep was able to "trail rate" the Patriot, I'm pretty sure they'll do the same with the new Liberty. And as long as they lose the CVT and don't mess with the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee...I don't really care if the Liberty has to take one for the team and lose its "truck nuts" for the sake of CAFE.
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before people get too crazy about body on frame vs unibody just remember that the Cherokee, which today still stands as one of the best selling and very capable off-road Jeeps was unibody. That being said, I don't hold out much hope for the Liberty replacement since it's based on the Dart platform but on the other hand Jeep has been kicking ass and taking names for a good while now. Time will tell.
      joe23521
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will this be for the 2014 model year? It looks quite small in the picture - more of a compact than midsize SUV. Unless the driver just has a gigantic head.
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe23521
        Reportedly available around June of 2013
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe23521
        Looks about the size of the Dodge Journey...maybe a tad shorter.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think that Chrysler/Fiat should use this oppurtunity to make the Liberty replacement(call it the Cherokee) a true offroader, but in a small package and more daily drivability than the Wrangler, like the original Cherokee used to be. I hope they don't go with the usual route: FWD car based CUV-that's what Dodge and Chysler are for. They should make the new Cherokee off the D-RWD platform that would underpin the SRT Barracuda and a possible Alfa midsize. I would assume that since it is RWD, it could be tuned more easily for offroading. Off topic, but I'd also love to see a new 7 seat Wagoneer join the Jeep lineup. I think it should be positioned as an upscale vehicle, an offroading-themed alternative to the X5 and Q7. Pricing should stry from where the GC leaves off, so just under $45 k for the base model.
      moa
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the two previous generations of Liberty models were body-on-frame traditional SUVs" what? cherokee/liberty were always unibody. shame autoblog.
        cololx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @moa
        Jeep did coin the marketing term "uniframe" for their rougher, tougher unibody, but yeah, it's been unibody since the XJ. Heck, the Wrangler's been the lone body-on-frame vehicle since the Grand Wagoneer was retired in 1991.
        threefortyduster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @moa
        The liberty is actually body on frame, and there were 2 generations of Liberty. The original cherokee, up to 01, was unibody.
          Snark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @threefortyduster
          No, it is NOT body on frame, as 30 seconds of Googling would tell you. Don't make stuff up just to see your own words on screen.
        DyanRucar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @moa
        Hey Autoblog Staff, I may not have a degree in Journalism, let alone any experience in that particular field... ...however, I do know what I speak of, especially when it comes to detail with cars, past and present. Can I have a job? Hell, you can pay me a third of the average wage of your other *reporters*!
      A M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's face it, this will be a crossover wagon that competes with the RAV4 and CRV. It's a lucrative market that Jeep is totally missing from their lineup. If the XJ were released today, it would be like a RAV4. We're just lucky that the original XJ defined the market and didn't have to copy anyone. Times have changed. This is going to be a let down for Jeep hard core fans, but, for people that aren't Jeep customers today, this will probably be their vechicle.
      traction_control
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do people keep saying "Bring back the Cherokee"? The Cherokee never went anywhere to begin with. The Liberty was the Cherokee (literally). It was even sold outside of the U.S. under the "Cherokee" nameplate. CHEROKEE was stamped on the doors. Everyone outside of the U.S. knows the Liberty as the Cherokee. Its no big secret.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @traction_control
        I think people are saying, as I feel, that the Cherokee did leave. The Liberty may have had the Cherokee name and Jeep may have considered it the replacement. But it had nothing in common with the original. It did not embody what the Cherokee stood for in the market. It was a poor excuse for a replacement all around.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @traction_control
        It's not so much the name we want back, although I think most of us would certainly appreciate it, but the small, light, affordable, off-road capable SUV that wore the Cherokee badge from 1984 to 2001. The Liberty that replaced it was inferior in almost every conceivable way, besides on road ride quality of course. It was was heavier, had independent front suspension, was less roomy inside, and more feminine in appearance.
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is all well and dandy, but can they bring back the Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer, in true form?
        Synthono
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Beijing Auto Works makes Cherokees in China if you want one. Officially, legally. It's called the BAW Knight S12. Different front end, but it's a Cherokee.
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        Why would anyone want to go backwards in technology? The original Cherokee, while a great vehicle for its time, would be quite lackluster in today's market. I bet it wouldn't sell well against the current crop of over seas rivals
      Gloria Victoria
      • 1 Year Ago
      " Up front, the seven-slat grille will be front and center, ".... mmmmhhh, Wouldn't be nice to have the grill up front.. "rear and off-centered"?...
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gloria Victoria
        I believe that is meant to tell us that the 7 slot grill is the Jeep trademark and will be present on any new Jeeps to come, not the it will be located at the front of the vehicle. The only vehicles in my memory that don't need grills "up front" are any rear engine, mid engine or electric vehicles
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