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LibertyIntroducing the 2005 Jeep Liberty
Posted by mike on 2004/4/8 0:00:00 (750) reads

A diesel version of the Liberty has arrived.

2005 Liberty CRD
(from the official DaimlerChrysler press release)

Jeep® Liberty will offer the first diesel in the U.S. and Canadian mid-size sport-utility vehicle segment, adding unique capability in support of the Jeep brand’s constant push for innovation and market leadership. This new engine offering will provide increased torque, power and range.

"The availability of a diesel engine on the Jeep Liberty reinforces the Jeep brand’s leadership position in the sport-utility market, underscores our commitment to alternative fuels and technology, and gives customers an optional power plant that no other competitor can offer," said Jeff Bell, Chrysler Group Vice President – Jeep.

Jeep Liberty will be available with a 2.8-liter common rail diesel (CRD) engine for the first time in the United States and Canada. The 2.8-liter CRD is rated at an estimated 160 horsepower (120 kW) at 3800 rpm and with 295 lb.-ft. (400 N.m) at 1800 rpm, providing class-leading torque and towing capability. Diesel engines offer another option for increased torque, towing and range, while improving fuel economy an average of 25 percent and reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 20 percent. The diesel engine will be available on both Sport and Limited models.

The restyled and repackaged Jeep Liberty Renegade becomes the image leader for Liberty, and features a more rugged, classic Jeep appearance.

Liberty Renegade is reminiscent of vintage Jeep vehicles with a new flatter hood, taller grille, off-road foglamps and taillamp guards.  This model will feature functional rock rails, four skid plates, and available P235/70R16 all-terrain tires with wider, more aggressive treads, available GPS DVD-based navigation radio and “diamond plate-inspired” seat fabric.  The Liberty Renegade is also available with an optional overhead light bar.

The 2005 Jeep Liberty will offer a freshened exterior and refined interior across the line.  The new Jeep Liberty is given a freshened exterior design with new front fascia, grille, foglamps, fender flares and body side-moldings.  Interior refinements include relocated power window switches, new instrument panel cluster graphics and trim bezels and improved seat comfort.

"True to its Jeep heritage, the 2005 Jeep Liberty continues to give enthusiasts a sense of personal capability and freedom by offering the best four-wheel-drive lineup in the segment," said Bell.  "The Jeep Liberty distinguishes itself from less capable 4 x 4s."  

Jeep Liberty clearly stands apart among car-based sport-utility vehicles in terms of capability, as well as truck-based offerings in terms of on-road refinement.  A coil spring independent front suspension and link-coil rear suspension provide an exceptional on-road ride and legendary off-road capability.  Sturdiness and four-wheel drive give Jeep Liberty 5000 lbs. of trailer-towing capability.

The 2005 Jeep Liberty 4 x 4 models are Trail Rated® and meet or exceed the minimum requirements established by the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep Engineering.  Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jason
The 2005 liberty will be out by August, the 2005 Grand Cherokee will be in showrooms September for a October Launch!!! The Renegade and liberty updates will be a sure win!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Reader
XJKEN, Jeep.com shows some pics of the '05 Liberty with a painted grill, but I've only seen pics of the WK Limited with a chrome grill, but maybe that might change on other models of the WK.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeeper
Jon- yes, the Renegade is going to have a different grill and hood than the other Liberty models to make it more unique. It also features four offroad skid plates as well as rock rails, "bolted" fender flares, and an offroad lightbar like the previous model.

I hope they offer the new Renegade with a deisel as well.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: FJM
here is my comment When can I get one?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: FJM
here is my comment

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeepers04
I guess I will have to see the new look in person.. I have an 03 liberty... Not sure I like the way the fog lights are not in the bumper.

They do sell more parts for the liberty now..
I know skyjacker and now rusty's sells a 2.5" suspension lift (alot better than a spacer lift).

I guess when I see the red 05 liberty in those pictures.. I can't help but think dodge durrango front bumper in a way...

But I will say the 6 speed manual and the diesel should be a big hit if gas prices stay where they are.. On jeep.com it says a liberty will go 480 miles on a tank of gas! alot better than 290 to 320 I get...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
If you want something that looks like a Wrangler, buy a Wrangler. The Liberty is not a Wrangler so why would it look like one? I think a lot of people still haven't accepted the fact that the Dakar wasn't built and it dosen't matter what the Liberty looks like, it will never be a Dakar.
I think that the original Liberty looks fine for what it is. I will hold my opinion for the updated version until I see them in person and on the streets and trails.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

This front end looks better than the current Liberty front end. This front end looks a littler more like a CJ with the smaller lights below the head-lights. The new bumper looks better - I agree. That diesel torque is the exciting thing!

I agree; this would look better if it were more squared-off like a Wrangler. At first I liked the squared-off look of the Renegade version. The more I look at the Renegade, the more it seems to not fit together just right. I guess I'll need to see the Renegade in person to be sure.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
If you go to Jeep.com the Liberty photos under autoshow show a different front end on the Renagade. Somebody else confirm that for me as I am confused. Is the Renagade going to have a different grill from the standard Liberty??

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeeper
I like the new Liberty, although I was under the impression from a report a few months ago that the Renegade was getting a "real" roof rack and a more rugged light bar.

295 ft-lbs of torque? Why can't I get that in a TJ? Plus the added fuel efficiency should make this model a winner among consumers that are more skeptical of the Liberty in addition to the after market suspension mods that are becoming available for the KJ.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: WTJ
The new front bumper is a good improvement. I thought the old one simply looked awkward in that it stood out too far from the grill. However, I am disappointed that the vehicle was not given a more angular, chiseled look.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjgary
I'd love to see a turbo diesel in the Wrangler unlimited with Rubicon package.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: tom chanter
Thanks Jeep for adding a diesel to the Liberty! You have improved an already excellent product! Now if you can use the same skill to add a diesel to the Grand Cherokee and up the quality on that like you did the Liberty, I'll be in the market again!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Whoooopiieeee
Anyone Know When the 05' Liberty and Grand will hit the showrooms?????????

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
It appears to be an improvment in the styling department, it looks better than the new Grand Cherokee thats for certain! The addition of a diesel option is way over due for Jeep, the Wrangler should have had that option long ago. I hope it now makes its way to the Wrangler platform.

The Liberty is finally getting to where it should have been from day one. Now maybe in a couple the years the Grand Cherokee will evolve into something more appealing than a leather clad yuppie machine. Unfortunatly Jeep will continue to lose ground until they can compete with the ridiculous hummer line. I was hoping to see the GC get replaced by the Rescue concept, or at least have been inspired by it.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bowser
Yeah, I think the Liberty is a big improvement. It has a slightly more aggressive look to it, and I only wish they would raise the vehicle some - it looks awefully low to the ground.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKEN
I really like the grill and hood on the '05 Renegade, more so than the standard Liberty remake. Skid plates , rock rails, off-road lights, new roof rack are all good things. All i would need is a 2" coil spacer lift and some mud terrain tires and i am good to go. The only down thing I can see is that the flares and bumpers will not be painted on the Renegade and I am not a big fan of the grey cladding,

Has anybody heard if the Lberty and the new Grand will be available with a painted grill instead of the pictured chrome. Like the cladding I am not a big fan of chrome bling.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
I goofed, the above post was meant for Jon, and was not posted by him. I posted it. Sorry Jon!

Bill

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
All Jeep vehicles should share a common, recognizable design theme. For Jeep it is the Wrangler look that personifies Jeep. The Liberty and GC and any future Jeep vehicles should embrace that design legacy and integrate the:

0iiiiiii0 front end as much as possible. The new Rescue concept it a drastic step in the right direction. If it ever gets built, and yes Jeep needs it, it will sell, but unfortunately it will probably be a 50K+ vehicle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

This front end looks better than the current Liberty front end. This front end looks a littler more like a CJ with the smaller lights below the head-lights. The new bumper looks better - I agree. That diesel torque is the exciting thing!

I agree; this would look better if it were more squared-off like a Wrangler. At first I liked the squared-off look of the Renegade version. The more I look at the Renegade, the more it seems to not fit together just right. I guess I'll need to see the Renegade in person to be sure.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeeper
I add to my previous statement, MotorTrend.com has a picture of the Renegade with an offroad light bar.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: We' Rammin'
Waiting for Jeep to liberate some of my dough with the a highly anticipated diesel powered reformed Liberty, I'm very disappointed to hear that only the Renegade gets a needed nose job.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ark
OK SO WHERE IS THIS NEW DIESEL ENGINE FROM ?
Is it a german reject thats going to spew its guts after 35000 miles like those VW turds from a few years back ? Is it related to the isuzu piece of garbage they were sticking in those mini moving trucks or did jeep do this in house.
I used to trust CHRYSLER engineering but the stuff coming down the pipe the last couple of years since daimler got involved has been Krud.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Hey
Dillinger, You Polish Tirds???? wow i can finder better things to do with my free time, or do u get paid..........

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dicktionary
POLISH[en]Definition:

1. [n] the property of being smooth and shiny
2. [n] the Slavic language of Poland
3. [n] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
4. [n] a preparation used in polishing
5. [adj] of or relating to Poland or its people or culture; "Polish sausage"
6. [v] bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners"
7. [v] improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
8. [v] (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"


Synonyms: brush up, burnish, cultivation, culture, down, fine-tune, finish, gloss, glossiness, polish up, refine, refinement, round, round off, shine, smooth, smoothen

See Also: ameliorate, amend, beautify, better, blacking, buff, burnish, civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, effulgence, embellish, flawlessness, flush, formulation, French polish, furbish, glaze, gloss, hone, improve, meliorate, ne plus ultra, perfect, perfection, preparation, prettify, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, rub, school, shine, shoe polish, Simoniz, Simonize, Slavic, Slavic language, Slavonic, Slavonic language, sleek, slick, smoothness, train

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dillinger
You can polish a turd....and end up with a polished turd.
Jeep needs to look under the Jeep to keep it jeep.
Fancy grills and less cargo space just aren't true Jeep attributes.
I wish they'd let the Rescue team have a look at improving the Lib.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jim
here is my comment- Its great to get news on a diesel. When or how can I find out what is available with it - Automatic trans, manual trans, limited slip differentials, towing capacity etc. etc.?? When can I order one?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
If you want something that looks like a Wrangler, buy a Wrangler. The Liberty is not a Wrangler so why would it look like one? I think a lot of people still haven't accepted the fact that the Dakar wasn't built and it dosen't matter what the Liberty looks like, it will never be a Dakar.
I think that the original Liberty looks fine for what it is. I will hold my opinion for the updated version until I see them in person and on the streets and trails.
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