The End of Liberty: Jeep SUV Stops Production on August 16
The current-generation Jeep Liberty is going out of production on August 16, The Detroit News is reporting.
Once the assembly line at the Toledo North factory shuts down, Chrysler will begin preparing the plant for the Liberty's successor, scheduled to go on sale next spring. Chrysler is spending about $1.7 billion to develop the new SUV, retool the Report: Jeep Liberty Production to Shut Down August 16 imageassembly line, and expand the plant to add capacity. Workers will be temporarily laid off for a few months, but Chrysler plans to add 1100 jobs when production resumes.
Days are also numbered for the 3.7-liter V-6 currently powering the Jeep Liberty. The archaic iron-block V-6, which is also used in the Ram 1500, produced 210-215 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. A number of reports have speculated what will power the Liberty's successor. Among them is a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, essentially a smaller version of the 3.6-liter already used in vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. The downsized Pentastar would likely be mated to the brand's upcoming nine-speed automatic transmission.
The rumor mill also suggests Chrysler is considering one of many turbocharged four-cylinder engines from parent company Fiat. The 2013 Dodge Dart, for example, is offered with a 1.4-liter turbo-four that produces 160 hp. If that's not enough then there's also the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4, which might gain a turbocharged version. An early prototype of the Liberty's successor was photographed earlier this year, so stay tuned as more details emerge closer to the new SUV's launch.
Source: The Detroit News