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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep Cherokee Tipped as New Name of Redesigned Liberty


Over the course of the next three years, Jeep‘s lineup will evolve to add a small and large vehicle, while utilizing platforms shared by Fiat.

One of the biggest immediate changes is the redesigned Jeep Liberty, destined to make its debut early next year as a 2014 model. Rumor has it that the redesigned Liberty could bring back the Cherokee name and will be powered by a 3.2-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed, front-wheel drive transmission. The compact SUV will be the first of several Jeep models build on a Fiat platform – in this case, the same one that is shared with the 2013 Dodge Dart.

As for the rest of the American automaker’s lineup, Jeep plans to add a subcompact as an entry level vehicle for the North American and global markets. The Patriot will get another year of life, living on at least through 2014 and will see a new six-speed automatic transmission. For Compass enthusiasts that have been disgusted with the offering of a continuously variable transmission, you will be happy to hear that Jeep will be replacing it with a standard six-speed automatic next summer.

Not much will change with the Wrangler model, at least not until its major redesign scheduled for 2017. It will however see a new, eight-speed transmission in 2014. A re-engineered Grand Cherokee will be in showrooms next spring, sporting a 3.0-liter diesel engine mated to an eight-speed transmission. On the inside, the Grand Cherokee will feature an 8.4-inch infotainment screen.

Lastly, the seven-seat Grand Wagoneer will replace the Dodge Durango next year for the 2014 model year.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 07:53 AM
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Jeep did the right thing by making the new Cherokee a Liberty successor, before I became aware of this change I was concerned about the future of the Liberty. 2014+ Cherokee is going to be a winner
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2014, 11:18 AM
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It's interesting that the new Cherokee is the successor to the Liberty. They seem like two totally different things to me.

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Not really. The Liberty was known as the Cherokee all over the world except for North America. It replaced the last Cherokee line in the US. Jeep just decided to bring the Cherokee name back to North America with the new model.
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Interesting! Wow, it's true. I just looked over a bunch of Liberty images and there are lots of similarities. And it does look like a more modern Cherokee. I have to say I really don't like the boxy look though. Glad the '14 is what it is!
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