Jeep Liberty CRD Limited

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 4 x 4 capability and on-road refinement in a mid-size SUV."

For the first time in the U. S., the Jeep Liberty will be offered with a 2.8-liter CRD engine, giving its customers state-of-the-art technology that fits their lifestyle. The 2.8-liter CRD is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission on the Jeep Liberty Sport and Limited models.

Providing class-leading torque and towing, the diesel engine will attract yet another type of buyer to the Jeep Liberty. The 2.8-liter CRD engine is rated at an estimated 160 horsepower (120 kW) at 3800 rpm and with 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nom) of torque at 1,800 rpm for unmatched towing power (5,000 lbs.). Diesel engines offer another option for increased torque, towing and range, while improving fuel economy an average of 30 percent and reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 20 percent.

The 2.8-liter CRD is an enhanced version of the four-cylinder diesel engine currently offered on this vehicle in Europe. VM Motori, which is owned in part by Detroit Diesel, a DaimlerChrysler company, is the manufacturer of the engine. VM has been supplying the Chrysler Group diesel engines since 1992 for minivans and Jeep products sold in Europe.

"The new diesel engine delivers the torque of a V-8, the performance of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine," said Craig Love, Vice President, Rear Wheel Drive Product Team and Core Team Leader. "We always say Jeep is the go-anywhere, do-anything brand, and these features give our owners even more capability to do just that."

A chrome grille, chrome body-side molding - with the LIBERTY name molded in - and chrome side rails are new design cues for the 2005 Jeep Liberty Limited. Accenting the vehicle are painted body color front and rear fascias and bumpers. Fog lamps are standard on the Jeep Liberty Limited and tow hooks are available with the Skid Plate Group package. The Limited also features a new sill to protect the body sides from road blast.

Source: Jeep press

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