According to a new report, we only have one more month to wait before seeing the all-new 2014 Jeep Liberty. The report, which comes from The Detroit Bureau, states that Jeep CEO Mike Manley has confirmed the new crossover for a debut at the New York auto show at the end of March.
The confirmed debut is not all – the report also states that the final name for the new crossover also hasn't been finalized yet; leading credence to the rumors floating around that the next Liberty will actually resurrect the Cherokee moniker. (For those who have been keeping track, Jeep has called the Liberty the Cherokee in markets outside of North America.) Chrysler was not able to comment on either the debut or the potential name change.
Granted, the news of a New York debut isn't exactly surprising. Thanks to Fiat-Chrysler's four-year product map, we already knew that the Liberty replacement would be shown this year, and New York is the only remaining American show before the season ends. There is also a precedent of Jeep making important model debuts in New York – it unveiled the 2010 Grand Cherokee at that show in 2009.
We also already know a fair bit about the forthcoming 2014 Liberty/Cherokee. It will share the same CUSW platform as the 2013 Dodge Dart, but Chrysler and Jeep officials have confirmed that the new SUV will still be a hardcore off roader, unlike the company's past car-based models. The new Liberty will also be the first model is Chrysler's lineup to use an all-new, ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission. Powertrain options are still anyone's guess, but it's expected that there will be a 3.2-liter version of Chrysler's Pentastar V-6 on the options list.
Expect to see a more svelte body than the current Liberty when the 2014 model debuts, too. Our spy shots (pictured) show a much more rounded body shape, LED front and rear lighting, and some kind of reworked version of Jeep's trademark seven-slot grille. Inside, the new crossover will use the same oversized touchscreen now familiar to other Chrysler products.
Source: The Detroit Bureau