Even though there is nothing official, Jeep could actually bring back the Liberty nameplate. However, the compact SUV won’t be introduced before the new generation Cherokee, simply because it will share most of the characteristics with the iconic SUV. Yes, the 2018 Jeep Liberty will use the same platform and engines as the next Cherokee, but it should feature essentially different exterior styling. According to information we have, the carmaker will try to add make a coupe-like crossover, because the category is becoming more and more popular worldwide.
2018 Jeep Liberty: Styling and Features
Styling wise, the 2018 Jeep Liberty will look the same as the Cherokee in the front. However, rooflines and rear end will be totally different from everything you use to see on any Jeep. The face will keep Jeep’s distinctive seven-slat grille treatment along with Cherokee’s headlights, while the rooflines should be significantly sleeker. The rear end won’t be flat at all. Instead, the crossover will get a bulky trunk with pretty large taillights and dual exhaust tips.
Inside, the 2018 Liberty will get pretty sophisticated treatment, significantly better from everything you see inside of the current Cherokee or today’s Compass. However, don’t expect any serious off-road kit, because this high-riding vehicle won’t be capable for any off-roading adventures. Instead, there will be two-tone covers (leather only), as well as the latest infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity. Of course, the manufacturer will add the best possible safety features, which will be as good as Wrangler’s safety.
Engines and Transmission
Under the hood, the producer will offer a range of pretty impressive engines. The base 2018 Jeep Liberty will use a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that’s capable of delivering up to 180 horsepower. The most potent version will probably use an all-new and really potent 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder gasoline engine. Judging by the unofficial information, the mill will be capable of delivering up to 300 horsepower. Of course, both options will come in a pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, you will be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive.
Price Range and Arrival
Our insiders from Jeep claim that the coupe-like SUV should be ready early next year. So, there is really big possibility of seeing it at the 2018 Detroit auto show. Since it will be an incomparable better option from the Cherokee, we believe that the base 2018 Jeep Liberty should cost at least $30,000. However, the luxury loaded topper will be priced at $42,000.