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LibertyLiberty Diesel Shares Green Spotlight
Posted by mike on 2004/11/11 0:00:00 (1051) reads

Liberty Diesel and Ford Escape Hybird getting lots of attention from those wanting to move away from gasoline.

The Jeep Liberty Diesel and Ford Escape Hybird have been getting lots of attention lately from those wanting to move away from gasoline. The Toledo Blade is running an article about these new green machines. Here's a snippet (or two):

Drivers who want to join a star-studded list of people who drive vehicles that reduce dependence on foreign oil and dramatically curb emissions may be more likely to buy a Ford Escape Hybrid.

Drivers who want to save on fuel while getting the performance of a V-6 engine and the torque of a V-8 for hauling and off-roading may turn to upcoming diesel models of the Toledo-made Jeep Liberty.

Both versions of the compact sport-utility vehicle competitors have better fuel economy than their gasoline-powered twins.

The two alternative-fuel models will more sharply divide the followings of the two SUVs, with the Escape being favored by women also concerned with the environment and the Liberty being an option for truck-loving men, said Walter McManus, an auto industry analyst with J.D. Power and Associates.

But solely on which will create more buzz among those looking for green alternatives, the Escape and its low emissions will win, said Brett Smith, director of the Center for Automotive Research's product and technology forecasting group.

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The Toledo Jeep Assembly Plant will begin building diesel Libertys for U.S. dealers this month and is scheduled to have them on lots by the end of the year.

All Liberty diesels will have four-wheel drive and are priced starting at $25,125 for a Sport and $27,355 for a Limited.

...snip...

A V-6 Liberty gets 17 miles a gallon in the city and 22 on the highway and a diesel Liberty gets 22 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway while offering similar performance.

There isn't as high a premium on Liberty diesels compared with its gasoline-powered twins as on Escape hybrids, said Mr. McManus of J.D. Power.

Plus, the Liberty's diesel will pay for itself in three years through fuel savings and maintaining a high resale value, while the longtime value of a hybrid is hard to gauge, he said.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: YJ Jeeper
In addition, the photos from the link are computer generated. Are there any more photos or info on the truck? (I know the initial photos released for the Rescue were computer generated also...)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: YJ Jeeper
Is the new Gladiator Jeeps re-attempt to produce something like AEV's Brute?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
Automotive News says this about the Gladiator:

"Based on a unique platform, the mid-sized pickup wears Wrangler styling cues. It sports a canvas top and expandable truck bed. The Gladiator is powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine."

http://www.autonews.com/news.cms?newsId=10619 (subscibers only)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
no comment on the liberty, does anyone know about the commander being unvailed in las vegas this week? sure would like to see some pics

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 4x4
Definintely looking forward to the six speed manual tranny -- ought to really bring the diesel to life.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
Who knows, perhaps DaimlerChrysler will eventually introduce a Hybrid Diesel vehicle in the future.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
From TheCarConnection.com

http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=7754

Jeep Gladiator
Think of this flashy pickup prototype as, "part of the fleshing out of the Jeep division," suggested Trevor Creed. The design director at DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, he acknowledged "(we) haven't done enough with Jeep," adding that "we're going to do an awful lot more…in a very short time."

With its exposed door and hood hinges, there's a bit of the back-to-basics look to Gladiator, enhanced by a canvas roof that rolls partway back, much like a sunroof, but it also can be removed entirely. The pickup features dual doors on the passenger side and, on the passenger side, a cargo hatch for easy access to the rear on the driver's side. The doors swing open a full 180 degrees. Based on an all-new platform, so-called "lifestyle vehicle," may be straightforward in design, but what you see isn't always what you get. The Gladiator's most innovative feature is its cargo bed. In normal configuration, it measures 5.5 feet in length. But stow the rear seat cushions and the rear bulkhead moves forward into the two-row cab, stretching the bed to an even 8 feet.

Featuring a part-time 4x4 powertrain, the Gladiator boasts a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel making 163 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a manual transmission.

While Creed won't say whether the Gladiator is set to become part of Jeep's expanding product portfolio, it wouldn't hurt to keep a close eye on this concept vehicle, especially the bold front end. It "could be" the inspiration for the next-generation Wrangler, Creed hinted. "We always learn our lessons from these concepts."

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
More info from Autoweek
http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101260

The Jeep Gladiator marks the resurrection of a Jeep pickup nameplate not heard from since the 1960s, and a body-style absent from the company’s lineup since the death of the ’80s-era Comanche.

The Gladiator is built on a unique platform but takes the simple style trail to strongly resemble the production Renegade. Senior vice president for design Trevor Creed says to expect “a lot in a short time” from Jeep’s corner of the DaimlerChrysler universe, and while DC officials deny the Gladiator is intended for production (natch), Creed’s statement, along with the development of a new platform and the Gladiator’s subdued familial cues, imply a production version might very well be on the cards.

The Gladiator draws power from a 163-hp version of the 2.8-liter common rail turbo-diesel I4 engine now available in the Liberty, with torque rated at a strong 295 lb-ft. Part-time four-wheel-drive is transferred to the wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Other trick features include a rear-seat access hatch on the driver’s side, a full passenger-side rear door, drop-down rear glass and an expandable cargo bed.

In normal configuration, the bed measures 5 feet 6 inches long; with a simple manual process, the rear seat slides beneath the bed and the entire rear bulkhead slides along rails forward into the cab to grow the bed to 8 feet. The Gladiator also features a canvas top similar to the Renegade’s, which may be folded back partially for a sun-roof effect, or removed completely.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: diesel
Check out the new jeep gladiator concept pickup truck



http://www.autoblog.com/entry/6436768344488645

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: dieselfan
Yes, a pity DC won't provide us with the manual transmission in the US. The European forums indicate they are getting better than 30 MPG with the manual tranny.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
The production date on the
D Liberty has been set back to December 6. A few may reach dealers before the Christmas plant shut down, but probably not many. The Liberty will only be available with an Automatic transmission and the package will include 16" aluminum wheels, ABS, engine block heater, and Selec-Trac 4 wd system.
Initial production will all be dealer "spec" vehicles with customer orders not available for schedule until probably January.

The factory order system is supposed to open on this model in late November now.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: anotherjeepnut
put a diesel engine in the wrangler.....or ar they planning on make that an option when the new wrangler is offered...... perhaps the liberty will be a guage of weather to offer it or not
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