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Unread 09-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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2014 liberty?

Any recent updates on what the 2014 liberty replacement will look like/ specs? Last I read was a 3.2 v6, 8 speed auto, on a fwd platform. I'm not against that platform at all, especially since I tend to drive 100+ miles a day. and while I hope this wouldn't be a daily driver for me, i know I will end up driving it a lot. and that platform would improve fuel economy signficantly. BUT it has to be able to do some serious off roading. with 9"+ of clearance minimum, and a real transfer case. and it has to look good. I've never been a big fan of the liberty's looks. The first version looks a bit cartoony especially in certain colors. and the new one looks a lot better to me, but not quite what I want. I like the look of the 2011 and newer patriots, but would want it to be bigger, and have more power, and a real transfer case, not just a low range...

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Unread 09-15-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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The new Liberty was not shown at the Chrysler dealer show in Vegas last week. Nobody has seen it in the flesh yet.

What we do know:

-It will be based on an enlarged version of the Chrysler/Fiat C-Wide.
-Engine choices will likely be a turbo 4, a NA 4 and the 3.2L Pentastar. Whether that Pentastar will be turbo or NA is still slightly foggy.
-Expect a 9-speed transmission with AWD, possibly full-time 4WD. It won't have a traditional transfer case.
-Expect looks somewhere between the current Compass and Grand Cherokee.
-There will be trail-rated options. Expect better than the current Patriot/Compass, along the lines of the Grand Cherokee.

Essentially, for the Liberty replacement, expect basically a 3/4-sized Grand Cherokee WKII, and you won't be disappointed.
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