Monday, September 3, 2007

2008 Jeep(R) Liberty -- All-New From the Ground Up

-- All-new 2008 Jeep(R) Liberty remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage
-- Improved on-road ride and handling with new independent front and new
five-link rear suspension systems
-- All-new Jeep classic exterior styling, functional interior space and
upgraded amenities designed to broaden its appeal to consumers
-- Industry-exclusive Sky Slider(TM) full-length open canvas roof

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jeep(R) Liberty has
remained a leader in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment since
its introduction in 2002. The popular mid-size SUV gives off-road
enthusiasts and owners their own sense of personal freedom and capability
that defines the Jeep brand.
All-new from the ground up for 2008, the Jeep Liberty remains true to
its legendary 4x4 heritage by offering two Jeep Trail Rated(R)
four-wheel-drive systems -- Command-Trac(R) and the all-new Selec-Trac(R)
II. On-road ride and handling have been improved and refined with the new
independent front suspension, new five-link rear suspension and
rack-and-pinion steering.
The Liberty's exterior has been redesigned, and takes on a more rugged,
classic Jeep look that is sure to captivate the attention of current Jeep
Liberty owners and broaden its consumer appeal. Inside, cargo and storage
space, and seat comfort improves. Making its world debut is the new Sky
Slider(TM) full-length open canvas roof, an industry-exclusive -- giving
the Liberty that "Have Fun Out There" open-air Jeep brand experience.
Remote start, rain-sensing wipers*, memory seats, mirrors and radio
controls, and express up/down windows are added to the vehicle's
ever-growing list of available features and options. There are two models
-- Jeep Liberty Sport and Jeep Liberty Limited.
"The all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty stands out from the competition by
offering customers classic Jeep design, two four-wheel-drive systems,
refined on-road ride and handling, cargo and utility, as well as standard
and optional features that are not typically found on vehicles in the
mid-size SUV segment," said John Plecha, Director -- Jeep Brand Marketing
and Global Communications, Chrysler. "And, the Jeep Liberty Limited sets
the bar high with the most combined comfort and convenience features
available in its segment."
The all-new Jeep Liberty is designed to appeal to customers who are
looking for Jeep 4x4 capability as well as comfort and convenience. It is
targeted to young couples and new families, as well as professional, young
single men and women between 30 and 40 years of age, balanced male to
female. Jeep Liberty owners will balance day-to-day responsibilities with
their passion for adventure as well as the outdoors. They are athletic, and
pursue activities that combine their various interests with their active
lifestyle. The Jeep Liberty will be available at Jeep dealerships starting
in the third quarter of 2007.
The all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty offers a balance of off-road capability
and on-road refinement.
-- All-new independent front suspension, all-new five-link rear
suspension, and a power rack-and-pinion steering system contribute
to the all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty's blend of on-road ride comfort and
nimble, confidence-inspiring handling
-- Two four-wheel-drive systems -- all-new Selec-Trac II full-time
four-wheel drive, the most advanced four-wheel-drive system
available in its segment, and Command-Trac, a part-time four-wheel-
drive system -- both are Jeep Trail Rated
-- The 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine provides the 2008 Jeep Liberty with
competitive peak power and torque while providing smooth, quiet
operation and proven durability. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) @
5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N*m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. Fuel
economy has been improved and now achieves an estimated 16 mpg* city
(18 mpg using 2007 EPA standards), and 22 mpg* on the highway (23
mpg based on 2007 EPA standards)
-- Two transmissions are offered on the Jeep Liberty in the United
States: a six-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic
-- The 2008 Jeep Liberty was designed and engineered under the Chrysler
Development System (CDS), the comprehensive, coordinated and
disciplined product creation process that improves quality and
speed-to-market, while reducing costs and encouraging practical
innovation in new products
In its first redesign since its introduction, the all-new 2008 Jeep
Liberty embraces its roots by taking on a more rugged, classic Jeep design
that is guaranteed to strengthen its draw to current owners and broaden its
appeal to a new audience.
-- Jeep classic exterior styling and functional interior space are
designed to broaden its consumer appeal
-- Industry-exclusive Sky Slider(TM) full-length open canvas roof
brings "Have Fun Out There" open-air Jeep brand experience to the
mid-size SUV market
-- Cargo length increases and front and rear passengers will notice the
improved seat comfort along with added space
-- Jeep Liberty Limited offers the most combined comfort and
convenience features available in its segment
Safety and Security
The 2008 Jeep Liberty has a full range of active and passive safety
systems. Among the vehicle's standard equipment are Electronic Stability
Program (ESP), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), All-speed Traction
Control, Brake Assist, advanced anti-lock brakes, rain-sensing wipers**,
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) and supplemental side-curtain air bags.
The 2008 Jeep Liberty offers the MyGIG(TM) Multimedia Infotainment
System, a completely integrated audio, navigation, entertainment and
hands-free communication system. MyGIG allows customers to use touch screen
or voice commands to control features, and includes a 20-gigabyte hard
drive where up to 1,500 songs and photos can be stored. The system also
includes a voice- memo recorder feature. MyGIG supports real-time traffic
information, available through SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and can provide an
alternate drive route based on traffic conditions. All of these functions
can be controlled through voice commands or by utilizing a touch screen.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio provides U.S. customers with 130 channels,
including 100 percent commercial-free music, sports, news, talk,
entertainment, traffic and weather. And the UConnect(R) Hands-free
Communication System uses Bluetooth(R) technology to provide wireless
communication between the customer's compatible mobile phone and the
vehicle's on-board receiver.
The 2008 Jeep Liberty will be built using Chrysler's modern production
process, called the Flexible Manufacturing Strategy (FMS). FMS allows
multiple products to be produced at one plant, in a time-efficient manner,
and at a higher quality for lower cost. At the core of the new
manufacturing process is the heavy use of robots at the Toledo (Ohio) North
Assembly Plant.

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