2005 Jeep® Liberty
An evolution of a leader
Freshened exterior and refined interior across the lineup
Jeep® Liberty Renegade has a more rugged design, classic Jeep appearance
First mid-size SUV to offer common rail turbo diesel engine has best-in-class towing, torque and range
Since its introduction in 2002, the Jeep® Liberty has captured the attention of Jeep owners and attracted a new generation of sport-utility vehicle buyers who value the best combination of Jeep 4x4 capability and on-road refinement in the mid-size sport-utility segment. The vehicle has garnered nearly 75 percent new buyers to the Jeep brand, while still appealing to traditional Jeep 4x4 owners.
For 2005, the Jeep Liberty unveils a new freshened exterior and interior design on the Sport and Limited models, and the Liberty Renegade takes on a more rugged design with its unique exterior. Also new to the lineup for 2005 are a six-speed manual transmission and the first turbo Common Rail Diesel (CRD) engine offering in a mid-size SUV for North American markets.
"Jeep Liberty's refreshed interior and exterior help to solidify the vehicle's leadership position in the marketplace while staying true to its Jeep heritage," said Jeff Bell, Vice President—Jeep. "The 2005 Jeep Liberty offers the best combination of Jeep 4x4 capability and on-road refinement in a mid-size SUV."
Interior refinements on the vehicle include relocated power window switches that are easier to access and operate. New instrument cluster graphics—white letters on gray background—provide greater visibility at twilight and dusk and give a more refined look.
On-road refinement gets an assist from new seats that are improved through the use of dual density foam. In addition to being more comfortable, the seats have a more contemporary look with new contours; new styles and fabrics, including a new "diamond-plate inspired" seat fabric. Additionally, the rear seat fold angle of the vehicle is reduced, providing a flatter load floor for increased utility and improved cargo storage.
A new six-speed manual transmission replaces the previous five-speed manual transmission. The new NSG370 six-speed transmission offers improved quality and Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) specifications. It is available on the 4x2 and 4x4 Sport and Renegade models.
"The Jeep Liberty is uniquely positioned to deliver both the refinement required by this expanding market, while also offering the toughness of the legendary Jeep brand," said Bell. "The Jeep Liberty stands apart from the next generation of less capable mid-size sport-utility vehicle offerings."
All Jeep Liberty four-wheel-drive models will wear the Jeep Trail Rated® badge. The Jeep Trail Rated badge shows that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation and Water Fording.
(Published August 17, 2004)