Mike Manley, president and CEO of the Jeep brand has confirmed that the new version of the Jeep Liberty will debut at the New York Auto Show next month. Chrysler Group plans to have the new Liberty on sale by the end of the second quarter. There has been speculation that the Liberty name will be dropped in favor of a new, fresh name, however no information on this has been revealed.
The Jeep Liberty replacement has been set up to be one of Chrysler Group’s key launches of the year as the automaker continues to push the Jeep brand to become global. The new Liberty will be smaller and lighter than the Grand Cherokee and still maintain its off-road capabilities, and unlike the old Jeep Liberty, the refreshed body style boasts a new independent rear suspension.
Chrysler plans to have 47 all new or significantly refreshed models over the next four years, and Jeep has been getting much of that capital with plans to update the Grand Cherokee, Compass, and Patriot. There has also been talk about Jeep bringing back the Grand Wagoneer and a new entry-level Jeep is currently in the works. “We are overspending, and we understand this. But we are doing this with a very clear agenda and a very clear intent. We’ve earned a lot of goodwill by providing a dramatic improvement in the quality of our products and by launching what we have launched,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler/Fiat CEO.
Manly also mentioned that a new version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is currently being built at Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant in Detroit, and the vehicles are already being exported to the Middle East. “Europe will come next and then Asia,” said Manley.
Source: The Detroit Bureau