Jeep Liberty Replacement to Use Nine-Speed Transmission, UAW Local Says

Jeep Liberty

More details are emerging about the Jeep Liberty replacement, including the addition of a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 3.2-liter engine, according to a union president who spoke to WTVG-TV, an ABC affiliate serving the Toledo, Ohio, area.

UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower described the new Liberty as having "mpg that will knock your socks off."

According to Chrysler's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the carmaker is expected to launch a Jeep Liberty replacement in 2013, and it is working on a newly developed nine-speed automatic transmission for its new midsize front-wheel-drive platform. It's designed for hybrid and all-wheel-drive systems, and the Jeep Liberty replacement will ride on this new platform. The 3.2-liter engine Baumhower mentioned is likely a modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Detroit Free Press that the new Liberty will "be a Trail-Rated, full-blooded Jeep that has its origins in the architecture of a sports car."

The Toledo Complex, which builds the 2012 Liberty, is undergoing a $500 million expansion for the new midsize SUV replacement. Upgrades include a 335,000-square-foot addition to the body shop.

Production of the current-generation Liberty will end in August, Baumhower says, as the plant undergoes the rest of its expansion. It will reopen for production in February. When the plant reopens, production capacity will be tripled to about 300,000 vehicles a year, Baumhower told WTVG. Chrysler will hire 1,100 workers to help build the Liberty, bringing total plant employment to over 2,800, Chrysler says.

By Colin Bird | March 27, 2012 | Comments (7)

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"mpg that will knock your socks off"

Unless it can seriously compete with a Prius V or Escape Hybrid, my socks will probably remain securely on my feet.

Troy S.

How will the employees get paid during the closure from August to February?

Max Reid

9 Speed tranny is great, but why V6 engine, many companies are dropping V6 in favor of V4. Gas guzzlers will not sell in the face of high gas prices.

And Chrysler will end up giving gas rebates.

liberty lover

BAD move on Jeep's end. They should not stop making the Liberty. Looks like they are on the bandwagon with AWD's. Liberty is a good 4 wheel drive... Something I need to get out of my driveway in the winter. Go ahead Jeep and make it an AWD and I won't buy it!

liberty lover

Dear Jeep,

Another thing. Not everyone lives in the city where you can get by with an AWD. Keep it a 4 wheel drive and you will have one customer that will stick with the vehicle for years to come. Go ahead and make it an AWD and jump on the bandwagon with the JAPS and their Nissan's and KIA's.

Ken Trenary

I agree with all the above posts. The Liberty is a tuff SUV It can tow 5,000lbs. It can be towed all wheels down behind a Motor Home and is 4WD. MPG is nice but there is much to be said for the present Liberty. I think Jeep is making a mistake by going MPG. There Patiriots, Compass there not a Jeep us guys want a real Jeep ona truck frame you just as well by a AWD car if this is the way Jeep is going. Keep the Liberty a Man's SUV

Renee McMillan

I am a woman who drives a Jeep Liberty and Loves the way it handle I really love the fact that it is 4WD instead of AWD. :-) I don't think Jeep should get rid of the Liberty. I will be in the Market for a new car next year and was hoping to get a new Liberty. I agree with all the comments above. Jeep is making a big mistake by getting rid of this Vehicle .

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