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LibertyNext-Generation Liberty: Larger?
Posted by mike on 2005/8/29 9:52:24 (2048) reads

TheToledoBlade.com is running an interesting article about the next-generation Liberty and the possible direction the design will take. The article begins by comparing the Commander to the Cherokee, and how many people were disappionted by Liberty's "softer" lines. Here's a snippet:

What the Commander's sharp edges means for the curvier Toledo-made Liberty, which unlike the Cherokee has a larger following among female buyers than male, remains to be seen. The Liberty is to redesigned and be produced at Toledo Jeep Assembly Plant in 2007.

The Liberty admittedly is more "expressive" than what most Jeep fans thought would replace the Cherokee, but some of its distinctiveness will be retained, Mr. Sgalia said.

"I don't think anyone will be disappointed when they see the [redesigned] Liberty," he said.

The redesigned Liberty likely will be larger than the current model to appease customer complaints about roominess but probably will keep softer lines, said auto analyst Rebecca Lindland of Global Insight Inc., an economic analysis firm in Lexington, Mass.
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XJGuy
Posted: 2006/1/12 23:03  Updated: 2006/1/12 23:03
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 Re: Next-Generation Liberty: Larger?
If i am not mistaken the current liberty was initially intended to be bigger but it would have been to simmilar to the WJ in terms of size. now there is a new GC then the liberty can be made bigger.

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ejperotti14943
Posted: 2005/9/6 20:27  Updated: 2005/9/6 20:27
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 Re: Next-Generation Liberty: Larger?
Do you think the Patriot will be badged as the next generation Liberty?

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ORBruce
Posted: 2005/8/30 12:19  Updated: 2005/8/30 12:19
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 Re: Next-Generation Liberty: Larger?
I like the KJ size as it is, though when we needed a bigger Jeep we had a WJ. It's very nimble around town and on the trail. A little more square would be nice. The styling was slow to grow on me. Ours is only 4 months old, after 3 XJs and one WJ. We finally had our first off-road test and it seems to work as well as the WJ, you just have to watch the low spot under the transfer case. The 5 speed tranny and SelecTrac work great together in low range as well as high, much smoother than our previous Jeeps.

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Anonymous
Posted: 2005/8/29 18:30  Updated: 2005/8/29 18:31
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"XJ" was put to pasture because of the new collision requirements i.e(side impact, roof) and because of the powerplants' emissions not being able to be "cleaned up" anymore. Even though the AMC 4.0 and AMC 2.5 were among the most durable ever built (small block Chevy, Buick V-6) these engines couldn't past muster any longer.

Look at the KJ becoming more equal to the Nitro like it should have been in the first place.

A used XJ in any condition is more appealing to me anyway than the KJ.

The new Patriot; if it sees light will probably be an XJ equivalent for the new millenium.

KJ sure ain't.

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GregB
Posted: 2005/8/29 20:02  Updated: 2005/8/29 20:02
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You wouldn't be on a fishing expadition would ya? I'll do us both a favor and not touch the KJ comments.

I will say I have my doubts on the off-road performance of the Patriot. Somehow I doubt that something built of a platform for a neon replacement would be as off-road ready as a KJ or XJ. I sure wouldn't mind if DCX proved me wrong though.

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GregB
Posted: 2005/8/29 17:36  Updated: 2005/8/29 17:36
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 Larger .. whaaaa?
I can't imagine the KJ being much larger. I would agree that a few inches hip room and a few more inches in the trunk would be nice, but if you go much larger then you'd have the Liberty competing against the already redesigned Grand?

Being a guy who owns a KJ, I would like to see the lines of the KJ made more square. I will add that I've been very pleased with what my KJ can handle so far and with the added space I got.

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jeepxk
Posted: 2005/8/29 13:49  Updated: 2005/8/29 13:49
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 Re: Next-Generation Liberty: Larger?
As I remember it the original Grand Cherokee was supposed to be a replacement to the XJ Cherokee but the Cherokee kept selling so well they chose to produce both.

I don't think they ever figured the XJ would be around for nearly 20 years. We all just hoped that it would be replaced with something similar.

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MarkH
Posted: 2005/8/29 12:27  Updated: 2005/8/29 12:27
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 Re: Next-Generation Liberty: Larger?
The Liberty was not originally slated to "replace" the Cherokee. Chrysler had planned to ADD Liberty to the existing lineup --but-- after the DCX "merger" some execs felt they had to cut something, and that something was the Cherokee. It was cut a few years earlier than originally planned --due to so-called "declining" sales. Only after that decision was the Liberty touted as the soft-lined "replacement" to the Cherokee... but that was not the case. Now it looks like we have the real "replacement" to the Cherokee, the right-angled Commander. Hallelujah! Death to wind tunnels!!

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Posted: 2005/9/6 20:25  Updated: 2005/9/6 20:25
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Do you think the Patriot will be badged as the next generation Liberty?
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