Exterior

The Liberty’s styling evolved from two concept vehicles that were created by the Chrysler design staff: the 1997 Dakar and the 1998 Jeepster. Pronounced trapezoidal wheel flares are integrated into the body, and a traditional Jeep seven-slot grille is installed. Making the vehicle lower in front and higher at the rear is intended to impart a sense of forward motion. Short front and rear overhangs allow 38-degree approach and 32-degree departure angles for effective off-roading, which is considered to be any Jeep’s traditional skill. Product Design Director Ralph Giles says the taillights make a statement with their bug-eyed appearance, and the headlights are elliptically shaped.

The Liberty rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase, measures 174.7 inches long overall and stands 70.9 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted externally on an innovative swing-out tailgate that features “flipper” glass. The tailgate’s design is said to ease access to the cargo area. Sport models get contrasting (molded-in-color) fascias, fender flares and bodyside moldings, while the Limited Edition has a monochromatic appearance and standard fog lamps. The tires measure 16 inches in diameter; aluminum wheels equip the Limited Edition. Available skid plates cover the fuel tank and transfer case, and an optional Trailer-Towing Package with a 5,000-pound capacity includes a heavy-duty cooling system.

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