April 7, 2004

New York auto show

Freshened Jeep Liberty to offer diesel engine

New York, New York – DaimlerChrysler will unveil a freshened Jeep Liberty today that will offer the first diesel in the compact sport-utility vehicle segment. The new engine offers increased torque, power and range.

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD
2005 Jeep Liberty CRD. Click image to enlarge

“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-litre common rail diesel (CRD) engine. The 2.8-litre CRD is rated at an estimated 160 horsepower at 3800 rpm and with 295 lb.-ft. 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. The 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-mouldings. 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.”

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