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Liberty2008 Liberty Details Announced - Lower Price and More Features!
Posted by mike on 2007/7/19 16:24:46 (2093) reads


From a Chrysler Group press release

The Chrysler Group today announced pricing for the all-new 2008 Jeep® Liberty. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the mid-size SUV features classic Jeep exterior styling paired with a functional interior, increased cargo length and rear seat legroom, and the industry-exclusive Sky Slider™ full-length, open-canvas roof.

The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the all-new Jeep Liberty is $20,990, including $660 destination. Two models are available: Jeep Liberty Sport and Jeep Liberty Limited. The Jeep Liberty will begin to arrive in dealerships later this summer.

“The 2008 Jeep Liberty offers more value than ever before starting at under $21,000 for 4x2 models and under $23,000 for 4x4 models,” said John Plecha, Director – Jeep Brand Marketing and Global Communications, Chrysler Group. “We’ve reduced the MSRP by an average of $1,000 and added approximately $1,400 in features and content to both models. And, the Jeep Liberty Limited sets the bar high with the most combined comfort and convenience features available in its segment.”

2008 Jeep Liberty Pricing
Jeep Liberty Sport 4x2 $20,990 (including $660 destination)
Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 $22,600 (including $660 destination)
Jeep Liberty Limited 4x2 $25,175 (including $660 destination)
Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4 $26,785 (including $660 destination)

Standard on both models is a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that generates 210 horsepower (157 kW) at 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. On-road ride and handling is improved with the addition of a new independent front and new five-link rear suspension systems. Staying true to legendary Jeep heritage, the Liberty offers two four-wheel-drive systems to meet customer needs, including Selec-Trac® II -- the most advanced four-wheel-drive system available in its segment.

MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System, remote start, memory seats, mirrors and radio controls, and express up/down windows are added to the vehicle’s list of available features and options. Making its world debut is the new Sky Slider™ full-length, open-canvas roof, an industry exclusive; giving the Liberty that “Have Fun Out There” open-air Jeep experience.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty has a full range of active and passive safety systems. Among the vehicle’s standard equipment are side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Roll Mitigation, all-speed Traction Control, Brake Assist, advanced anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitoring. Available options include rain-sensing wipers and ParkSense Rear Park Assist System.

2008 Jeep Liberty Sport
MSRP for the Jeep Liberty Sport 4x2 is $20,990 and $22,600 for 4x4 models (including $660 destination). The Jeep Liberty Sport 4x2 has been reduced by $1,270 and has added $800 more content. The Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 has been reduced by $1,170 and has added $900 more content.

The Jeep Liberty Sport comes standard with a proven and durable 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine (210-hp/235 lb.-ft. torque) that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Standard on the Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 is the Command-Trac® four-wheel-drive system. The part-time, shift-on-the-fly, fully electronic system provides peace of mind with available four-wheel-drive capability delivered through a two-speed transfer case for use on slippery or loose surfaces such as snow, mud or sand.

Standard features include side curtain air bags; body color fascias and wheel flares; cloth, low-back bucket seats; 16-inch aluminum wheels; P225/75R16 all-season black side wall (BSW) tires; tire pressure monitor; reversible cargo floor; fold-flat, reclining second row seats and AM/FM stereo with compact disc player and four speakers.

2008 Jeep Liberty Limited
MSRP for the Jeep Liberty Limited 4x2 is $25,175 and $26,785 for 4x4 models (including $660 destination). The Jeep Liberty Limited 4x2 has been reduced by $720 and has added 2,000 more content. The Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4 has been reduced by $620 and has added $2,100 more content.

Standard features include Command-Trac® part-time four-wheel-drive system (4x4); YES Essentials seat fabric; fold-flat passenger seat; power front driver seat; Infinity premium audio speakers (eight) and a subwoofer; four-speed automatic transmission; 17-inch aluminum wheels; P235/65R17 all-season BSW tires; security alarm; speed control; universal garage door opener; tire pressure monitoring system with display; SIRIUS Satellite Radio; electronic vehicle information center; auto-dimming rearview mirror; auto up-down driver window; auto down passenger window; power heated folding-exterior mirrors, full-size spare tire and 115V power outlet.

Available on the Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4 is the all-new Selec-Trac® II full-time, active on-demand system that anticipates and prevents wheel slip before it occurs. The system is ideal for a range of road settings including dry pavement conditions not typically suited for conventional part-time four-wheel-drive systems typically seen on competitors.

Industry-Exclusive Sky Slider™ Full-length, Open Canvas Roof
The all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty brings the “Have Fun Out There” open-air Jeep experience with the industry-exclusive Sky Slider full-length, open-canvas roof.

With an MSRP of $1,200, the Sky Slider roof is versatile and can be moved to several positions, including full forward, full rear or partially open to any position in-between with a convenient express one-touch switch.

The Sky Slider roof is made of a reinforced-acrylic cloth, similar to a convertible top, that is weather resistant and leak proof. The top panel nests into a weather strip seal to help minimize wind noise. The roof uses anti-pinch software that prevents the roof from moving should it detect an object in its path. The Sky Slider roof was designed and tested for safety to meet all regulatory and Chrysler Group requirements.

The Sky Slider roof is an optional feature on both the Jeep Liberty Sport and the Jeep Liberty Limited.

The Jeep Liberty is built at the Chrysler Group’s Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, alongside the Dodge Nitro.

Jeep Brand
The Jeep brand has expanded to seven nameplates in the 2007 model year, the most available to retail consumers at one time in the brand’s 66-year history.

At the start of 2004, the brand’s trio of tough, capable, rugged SUVs included the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America) and the icon of the brand, the Jeep Wrangler. In 2005, the Jeep Commander was introduced. In 2006, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler was unveiled. Also debuting in calendar year 2006 were three more all-new Jeep vehicles: Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

With the introduction of the all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV), Jeep offers customers the freshest, most capable and widest range of sport-utility vehicles under one brand in the industry.

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GregB
Posted: 2007/7/21 11:31  Updated: 2007/7/21 11:31
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More CRD please. Why DCX doesn't put a CRD option in every jeep is beyond me.

Also wish the had left the spare tire on the back. If they were going to move it underneith they could have at least made the rear hatch a flip down tailgate and had just the glass flip up.

Overall not a terrible restyling, just think they could have done more.

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Posted: 2007/7/27 13:17  Updated: 2007/7/27 13:17
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Yes all models should have a CRD, however they should always have the driveline to support the torque monsters. We have two 05 CRDs in our family, one toasted all driveline lubricants at 12k and blew the rear diff, the other quaterly EGR failure and poor dealership service. Both have been detuned with the F37 recall and they are now similar to the 3.7 gassers in power and fuel economy

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Posted: 2007/7/21 9:04  Updated: 2007/7/21 9:04
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Mini commander = mini disappointment.

wheres the 3.0 crd?

Oh yeah.... I forgot that DCX never listens to its loyal customers.

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Posted: 2007/7/20 12:21  Updated: 2007/7/20 12:21
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The lack of manuals in all the domestic brands is just another reason they are losing customers to the imports. My wife ended up buying a used Mazda 6 because it was offered with a real (not a shiftable auto) manual. I think it's a joke when even Chryslers top performance vehicles are not even available with a manual option.

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RUBICON
Posted: 2007/7/20 12:32  Updated: 2007/7/20 12:32
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You are a little off, the Viper is available in only a manual.

But look at Ferrari... most if not all of their vehicles are not available in a stick anymore, but instead use clutchless paddle shifting.

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Posted: 2007/7/20 10:17  Updated: 2007/7/20 10:17
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Wow..a new mini-commander..I am not impressed.

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Posted: 2007/7/20 12:33  Updated: 2007/7/20 12:33
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Everyone has a right to their opinion... personally I like the new Liberty... much better than the KJ.

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Posted: 2007/7/20 6:25  Updated: 2007/7/20 6:25
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I went to the Jeep web sight and walked through the "build one" exercise for the 2008 liberty. I find it very interesting that the marketing team has determined that it is not necessary to offer a manual transmission to people who select the top of the line "limited" model! I wonder what that means?

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Posted: 2007/7/20 8:05  Updated: 2007/7/20 8:05
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It means they're catering to the 90+% of drivers who buy automatics and not the 10-% of us who prefer manual stick. The suits probably consider the "Limited" trim as "luxury" (HA!) and assume the vast majority would option it with an automatic. Maybe so, but what about that 10-% of us?

Since they already supply the Liberty Sports with a manual, it wouldn't be a problem or hassle to offer it in the Limiteds. C'mon JEEP!

One thing I worry about is if they offer a better powertrain in MY08 or MY09 for the JK (let's say the 4.0L-V6 or the 4.7L-V8) will they stiff us with just an automatic tranny? God, that would be cruel! ...especially since that 90/10 thumbrule doesn't apply to Wranglers.

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Posted: 2007/7/20 9:03  Updated: 2007/7/20 9:03
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Most luxury brands don't offer a stick anymore. So, yes you are right the Limited probably isn't offered because it is considered the luxury trim (FYI, 2008 Liberty Limited will probably be more upscale than the 2007 Liberty Limited).

Wrangler will always have a stick shift option (at least in the 2-door version). I wouldn't expect the JK to get a new engine --unless it is possibly the Euro diesel -- until the Phoenix engines are ready.

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That would be a bummer. I bought a 2003 Rubicon new with a manual transmission. I think it is the best car I have ever owned. However, it does suffer from being under powered on the highway. So, I looked into an SRT8 Grand Cherokee as a second car. NO MANUAL transmission is offered! So, I didn't buy one. I have always been an optimist. I assume the new dodge Challenger will be offered with a manual transmission. That means that the hemi will have a manual transmission available for it. Soooo, maybe it will be offered in the SRT8 Grand Cherokee. Am I dreaming?
Also, I notice the new TRAILHAWK is not being described as offered with a manual transmission. I guess that really doesn't matter. If what I have read is correct, it will be just as underpowered as the JK so it won't be of any practical use for me. Still, I like the idea. Drop in a hemi and a 6 speed and I would buy it.
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