2008 Jeep Liberty: Redesigned From Ground-up

By: Lisa Ziegler

The all new 2008 Jeep Liberty is designed to take more of the classic Jeep form. The reason? Well, it is a fact that classic designs are timeless and this is probably the reason why Chrysler has decided to make the new 2008 Jeep Liberty as classic as possible.

The new 2008 Jeep Liberty has made its debut at the New York International Auto Show where it displayed its well-groomed appearance which strongly suggests its classic Jeep heritage. And recently Jeep had agreed to let The Detroit News see the new Liberty as well as to interview some of the people behind the vehicle's new design.

The all-new 2008 Liberty that will hit dealerships beginning the third quarter of this year is equipped with the many elements that arched this vehicle to become a top seller in the small SUV segment. Designers also straightened out most of the Liberty's curves but at the same time retained some of the individual quirks, while adding a few more features.

Liberty engineers were also very pleased with the all-new Sky Slide which they claimed is an industry exclusive and create a giant sunroof that measures 33 inches by 41 inches.

To open the sunroof a switch is used to open the roof electronically, gathering the canvas at either end. Once it's completely open, passengers in the second row will be able to enjoy an open sky ride. Jeep® has spent couple of month's just to ensure that the roof will not leak and would seal tightly when closed. "Jeep has always been about being in the open air, and this roof is one way to give our customers that," said John Plecha, Jeep's marketing director.

The new Liberty looks bulky because it's bigger, which was the main objective of the designers and engineers when they increased its overall length by 2 inches, stretched the wheelbase by 2 inches, and expanded the cargo space by 3 inches. The spare tire which was once placed on the rear hatch was moved under the body just behind the rear axle.

By stretching the Liberty slightly opens up the interior. There are new comfortable seats provided for the new Liberty like for instance the driver's seat now pushes back farther and providing enough room for bigger drivers. Sound deadening, , and other refinements make the new Liberty quieter than the previous generation Liberty. The new 2008 Liberty also retained the seven-bar grille but makes it more refined.

The classic round headlights have been encased in glass housing and become part of the grille's face topped by a clamshell hood. The rounded taillights have been replaced with lean rectangular ones that help organized the disorganized rear end.

The all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty also retained the 3.7 liter V6, the powertrain was modified to enhance fuel economy to an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway based on the more stringent 2008 EPA numbers, Reuter said. Engineers and designers also included new front and rear suspension to make sure that the Liberty performs well both on and off the road.

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