"Jeep Liberty" is a representative of a family of SUVs produced by the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler. Since 2014, it has been owned by the Italian concern Fiat under the leadership of Sergio Marchionne. But Italian colleagues have nothing to do with this model, since it was produced between 2001 and 2013. Production was established in the northwestern city of Toledo, Ohio. In other countries, the Liberty was sold under the better-known Cherokee brand.
In the post-Soviet space, Jeep was one of the first to give an idea to a wide audience about the family of luxurious and powerful SUVs. So, Jeep - "Jeep", has become a common name for any SUV in the CIS countries and is still used today. Although, of course, "Jeep" is the same brand as "Volvo", "Toyota", "BMW" or "Chevrolet".
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The first SUV model appeared at the auto show in the American city of Detroit in 2001.It was the third generation of the Jeep Cherokee with the KJ index, which replaced the XJ. This is how the "Jeep" of the "Liberty" model was born, in the European car market it remained under the name Jeep Cherokee KJ.
On this American SUV, a steering rack was first put into operation to replace the traditional steering gear. "Liberty" was assembled not only in the United States, there were assembly shops in Egypt, Venezuela, Iran. Since 2005, the car has received "new clothes" in the form of a modified radiator grille and a flatter hood cover. Close attention was also paid to the level of vehicle safety.
An independent suspension suspension system was installed on the presented SUV. This was not new to the brand, having previously been seen on a 1963 Wagoneer.
Initially, Chrysler developers planned three configurations of the Jeep Liberty:
- Limited Edition.
The "Limited" package was considered the most luxurious, and the "Sport" package was considered the basic one.
The budget "Liberty" version of the "Sport" was equipped with a four-cylinder engine with 147 hp, had a manual transmission, some models were equipped with an ABS system, two airbags, air conditioning, power steering and electric drive control side mirrors.
A complete set with a V-shaped "six" with a volume of 3.7 liters was also produced. 204 hp and a four-speed automatic transmission.
Sport 2.5 TD had on board:
- 2.5L turbodiesel, 143 HP;
- manual transmission;
- Command-Trac 4WD system;
- optional equipment with transfer case option NP242 with a 3.7 liter engine. and rear wheel drive.
Externally, the diesel version was distinguished by plastic wheel arch extensions in black or gray.
"Limited" and "Renegade"
Both versions, compared to the previous one, were more powerful and had a variety of additional optional packages.
The main engine of the Jeep Liberty Limited configuration was characterized by a volume of 3.7 liters. with a V-shaped arrangement of six cylinders. A distinctive feature of the version were wheel arch extensions, painted in body color.
Basic equipment "Limited" purchased:
- additional airbags on the sides;
- cruise control;
- electric window lifts;
- electrically adjustable front seats;
- door central locking;
- fog lights front;
- climate control system or just air conditioning.
European versions came only with leather interiors, 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.
If you look at the photo of the "Jeep Liberty Renegade", then its appearance gives off "brutality" in comparison with the entire line of "Liberty". Version boasted:
- V-shaped "six" with a volume of 3.7 liters.
- Gearbox - manual or automatic.
- Command-Track 4WD.
"Renegade" sported lights on the roof, decorative screws for fastening wheel arch extensions, a metal insert on the front bumper and had a "predatory" body type. In 2005, during a restyled campaign for its own Liberty models, the Renegade received a flat-shaped "family" hood.
Jeep "Liberty Patriot"
Let's get acquainted with this model. "Jeep Liberty Patriot" - under this name, the brainchild of Chrysler is known only in the United States. In Russia, the name "Patriot" is patented by the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant. Therefore, this model in the CIS is sold without the last prefix in the title. To be specific, the Jeep Patriot is the second generation of the Liberty.
Its presentation took place in New York at the Auto Show in April 2006. The SUV was designed on the basis of the MK, which also serves as the base for another car - the Jeep Compass.
Of all the models, "Patriot" is characterized by the most inexpensive option. Produced in Canada and directly for the USA, it is equipped with a gasoline engine with a volume of 2 and 2.4 liters. The diesel version has 2 and 2.2 liters. Comes with a 5-speed manual transmission for petrolengines, a 6-speed manual transmission for the diesel version and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The characteristics of the "Jeep Liberty" indicate that the SUV has a high level of cross-country ability, sensitive control and comfort. In the Russian car market there are models with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with 170 hp. and diesel engine 2 l, 140 hp The transmission is dominated by a 6-speed manual.
Four-wheel drive has two options: permanent lock-up and downshift.
The car itself is a five-seat SUV with permanently activated front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.
Technical parameters are as follows:
- drive - full;
- transmission - variator;
- Dimensions: 4.41 m long, 1.66 m high and 1.78 m wide;
- trunk volume - 436 l, with seats folded - 1277 l;
- weight – 1.57 tons;
- clearance - 20 cm;
- gas tank capacity - 51 l;
- disc size - 17;
- tire size - 215x60;
- Approximate fuel consumption: urban - 11.5 liters, outside the city - 8.5 liters. per 100 km;
- max speed 185 km/h;
- engine capacity - 2.4 l.
Given the subjective opinions based on the reviews of the owners of the "Jeep Liberty", the following qualities can be distinguishedmachine:
- good touch controls;
- high-quality cross;
- necessary equipment, no frills;
- high security;
- low fuel consumption for this family;
- volumetric trunk.
Also, car owners note some shortcomings. I don’t like the finishing plastic in the cabin - it is often scratched, and it becomes problematic to remove them. Many complain about the poor lighting of the roadway due to weak headlights. The front bumper is too low for an SUV.