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Unread 03-15-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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New liberty to get 3.2L

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl...#ixzz1p8PjnU76

http://www.leftlanenews.com/jeep-lib...n-january.html

And a 9 speed auto.

Hopefully this engine will pull atleast 260 HP and 260TQ

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Unread 03-15-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Why would it put out 260/260 if the 3.6 puts out 290/260. With the 9 spd auto i would be happy with 260/230-240.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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With it being front wheel drive/all wheel drive I really don't care what engine or transmission it comes with.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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With it being front wheel drive/all wheel drive I really don't care what engine or transmission it comes with.
What?
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:26 AM   #5
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What?
Yes, they are going with a fwd biased awd system. Much like the vehicles they now want the liberty to compete with. Ie. Mazda tribute, ford escape, etc. I would not say they are going as cute ute as a Kia sportage though.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 08:03 AM   #6
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Yes, they are going with a fwd biased awd system. Much like the vehicles they now want the liberty to compete with. Ie. Mazda tribute, ford escape, etc. I would not say they are going as cute ute as a Kia sportage though.
I had not heard this. Is this a new platform being designed by Jeep or are they using one from Fiat?
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Unread 03-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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I was told by a dealership about couple weeks ago that the Liberty is being discontinued. From what you say it sounds like they are doing a total redesign. I wonder if the name will stick around. It doesn't really matter I guess.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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I had not heard this. Is this a new platform being designed by Jeep or are they using one from Fiat?
The American version of the Fiat C-Evo platform which is called CUSW (C-US-Wide).

It will have a 9 speed transmission. This transmission is a E-W (front wheel drive) transmission. And there is strong suspicion that the Cherokee name will again be used in the US.

Sorry folks. The new Liberty/Cherokee, or as people on Allpar are calling it; Liberkee, will be a Jeep version of a RAV4, CRV or Escape.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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The American version of the Fiat C-Evo platform which is called CUSW (C-US-Wide).

It will have a 9 speed transmission. This transmission is a E-W (front wheel drive) transmission. And there is strong suspicion that the Cherokee name will again be used in the US.

Sorry folks. The new Liberty/Cherokee, or as people on Allpar are calling it; Liberkee, will be a Jeep version of a RAV4, CRV or Escape.
Well, it'll be interesting to see how that turns out. If gas prices keep rising the way they are, people will start to feel the pinch and that may translate into Jeep having a hard time selling low MPG vehicles, so maybe this new Cherberty will at least offer good enough gas mileage to sell some units. On the bright side, if Jeep sales do drop, I might be able to afford the JK I really want.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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Unread 03-20-2012, 12:16 PM   #11
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Gas mileage should be significantly better due to the smaller displacement and 9-spd. Im guessing it should get around 24/32 and make about 270-280hp/300tq
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Unread 03-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #12
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needs a different grille for sure
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Unread 03-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #13
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needs a different grille for sure
Somewhere in that article or perhaps another one on the same site, they pointed out that the Alpha bodies are being used on ALL the test mules and that they are in no way indicative of what the body will be on the production vehicle.
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Im ok with a car-based CUV type of rig in jeep's lineup...but it needs to be something that appeals to the enthusiast. Another v-6/slushbox powered minivan replacement is NOT gonna cut it. They should put a turbo on the manual trans/awd Compass. Enter a few of those in rally racing and give the production version at least 260ish hp stock (a-la the Caliber SRT-4) and there's something that would steal sales from Subaru. Mini has the right idea with the Countryman, for sure. Thats one of the few CUVs that looks actually fun to drive. The Nissan Juke as wierd looking as it is SHOULD be just as good, but they dont have a turbo/manual/awd all on the same rig--you sacrifice either the manual or the awd with the turbo model.
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Unread 03-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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I'm excited for this little thing, if it turns out to have a V6 with a possibility of a Manual trans I would probably trade up my Patriot. I love my little Patriot, It's really a thing you have to drive to understand, I was not expecting to like it when I test drove it, but I did. I'm enjoying my MPGs and my manual trans. I took it on some soft roading trips and it did impress me, the thing has more ground clearance then a stock ZJ... But to get to the end of all of this ranting? If this Libery/Cherokee turns out like the patriot or is improved in any way It will be epic. Don't judge a book by it's cover, try it for your self.
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