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2006 Jeep® Liberty Forces Competitors in the Mid-Size SUV Market to Continue Playing Follow the Leader

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sept 1, 2005 - No other vehicle in the mid-size sport-utility market trumps Jeep® Liberty when it comes to off-road capability, on-road refinement, and the fun it provides proponents of active lifestyles. For the 2006 model year, Liberty adds the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment to its stack of customer benefits. ESP provides enhanced vehicle stability on all surfaces.

2006 Jeep Liberty“Jeep Liberty is immediately recognizable as a Jeep 4x4 with its large, round headlamps, the signature seven-slot grille, and the vehicle’s upright stance,” said Jeff Bell, Vice President — Jeep, Chrysler Group. “Jeep Liberty’s wide wheel flares, roof rack and externally mounted spare tire give the vehicle an adventurous, ready-for-any-challenge appearance. With ESP, Jeep Liberty can go anywhere and do anything with greater safety and security.”

ESP enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. It includes Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM). ESP provides the greatest benefit in critical driving situations such as turns and is especially valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions such as patchy snow, ice or gravel. If there’s a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering and the vehicle’s path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input to put the car back onto the driver’s intended path. The system is calibrated to offer more control of the vehicle under a variety of conditions, and to operate in a manner that is not intrusive in normal or spirited driving. ESP includes an advanced Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), all-speed Traction Control System (TCS), four-wheel Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Brake Assist.

ESP adds a new dimension to Liberty’s formidable 4x4 capabilities. Two four-wheel-drive systems are available. Command-Trac® is a part-time system that allows drivers to shift on the fly into high-range four-wheel drive at speeds up to 55 mph. Command-Trac provides the peace of mind of available four-wheel-drive capability for part-time use on slippery or loose surfaces (snow, mud or sand) along with the convenience of shift-on-the-fly.

Select-Trac® is a full-time four-wheel-drive system. It provides four-wheel-drive capability for full-time year-round use on any road surface, along with shift-on-the-fly functionality.

Liberty’s IS 43 suspension features cast-iron lower control arms designed to withstand rock strikes and curb impacts. Concentric coil springs and shock absorbers mounted above the upper control arms provide protection from off-road hazards, while front-suspension jounce bumpers reduce harshness and “bottom out” when encountering large bumps. The solid axle rear suspension features an A-shaped upper arm, dual trailing lower arms, coil springs and stabilizer bar to help provide a smooth, comfortable ride on- and off-road.

2006 Jeep Liberty CRDSince the Jeep Liberty was introduced in the 2002 model year, customers have overwhelmingly opted for its 3.7-liter engine, rated at 210 horsepower (157 kW) at 5,200 rpm and with 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Beginning with the 2006 model, the 2.4-liter I-4 engine is no longer available. The 2.8-liter common rail diesel (CRD) remains an option. Two new exterior colors are added — Midnight Blue and Inferno Red.

The 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Limited and optional on the Sport and Renegade models. The NSG 370 six-speed manual transmission is standard on Sport and Renegade.

In addition to ESP, standard features on all Liberty models are air conditioning, assist handles, BeltAlert (seat belt reminder system), AM/FM radio with CD changer, six speakers, full-size matching spare tire, mounted on the rear swing-gate, four-wheel disc brakes with advanced ABS, front reclining bucket seats, speed-sensitive power locks, power windows, power and fold-away exterior mirrors, illuminated entry, rack and pinion steering, remote keyless entry, rear defroster, roof rack side rails, tilt steering column, rear swing-gate and flipper glass, and variable intermittent front wipers with low washer fluid warning.

Jeep Liberty Limited

In addition to its classic Jeep design cues, Liberty Limited has a chrome grille, chrome bodyside molding — with “LIBERTY” molded in — and chrome side rails. The vehicle is accented by painted body color front and rear fascias and bumpers. Fog lamps are standard on the Jeep Liberty Limited and tow hooks are available with the Skid Plate Group package. The Limited also features a sill cover to protect the bodysides from road blast.

The instrument cluster — white letters on a gray background—provides a refined look, and also is more visible at twilight and dusk.

Standard are cloth low-back bucket seats, power six-way driver seat, premium door trim panel, leather-wrapped steering wheel, speed control, fog lamps, security alarm, rear cargo cover, deep tint sunscreen glass, premium fender flares, 17-inch aluminum wheels, P235/65R17 performance tires, spare tire cover and lock-up torque converter.

Options include supplemental side-curtain air bags, premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, power six-way passenger seat, heated front seats, power sun roof, rear cargo organizer, six premium Infinity® speakers, GPS display with navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 17-inch chrome-clad wheels,skid plate group, Trailer Tow Group and UConnect™ hands-free communication,and mini-overhead console with traveler/mini trip odometer, universal garage door opener, vehicle information center and Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive system.

Jeep Liberty Sport

The body color grille with a full Jeep shield includes provisions for optional fog lamps on the Jeep Liberty Sport. The fog lamp and park/turn lamp are positioned to protect them from road debris. The front fascia is molded-in color with a crisp, horizontal shape, giving the Liberty Sport a wide, stable appearance. The Sport also features a sill cover to protect the bodysides from road blast. The front bumper runs across the bottom of the grille with a twin-tube appearance to create a custom accessory look.

Standard are cloth high-back bucket seats, 16-inch steel wheels, P225/75R16 OWL all-season tires and body color grille.

Options include supplemental side-curtain air bags, power sun roof, rear cargo organizer, six premium Infinity speakers, AM/FM radio with six-CD disc player, 16-inch aluminum wheels, P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain tires, engine block heater, fog lamps, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, speed control, deep tint sunscreen glass, Skid Plate Group, Select-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system and Trailer Tow Group.

Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Liberty Renegade model is the image leader for Liberty. It has a distinctive appearance, featuring a flatter hood and taller grille than Limited and Sport. Fender flares are also molded-in color for more durability and feature chrome-plated attachment details. Large freestanding fog lamps with black bezels offer more visibility when off-roading and a new sill protects the bodysides from road blast. Tow hooks and a Bright Silver Metallic appliqué across the new molded-in color front fascia are standard features. A luggage side rack with beefier molded-in color structural end pieces, and a Brushed Silver Metallic tubular side rail enhances the Renegade’s rugged appearance. Renegade features functional rock rails, and available P235/70R16 all-terrain tires with wider, more aggressive treads.

Standard are cloth high-back bucket seats, speed control, deep tint sunscreen glass, 16-inch aluminum wheels, tow hooks, fender flares with decorative attachments and body color grille.

Options include supplemental side-curtain air bags, power six-way passenger seat, heated front seats, power sun roof, rear cargo organizer, six premium Infinity speakers, AM/FM radio with six-CD disc player, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, UConnect hands-free communication, overhead light bar, four skid plates, P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain tires, engine block heater, fog lamps, GPS display with navigation radio, Skid Plate Group, Select-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system, taillamp guards and Trailer Tow Group. An optional Luxury Group includes deluxe door trim panel, instrument cluster with tachometer, mini overhead console, power front driver and passenger leather seats, power heated, fold-away mirrors, rearview auto dim mirror, traveler/mini trip odometer, universal garage door opener and vehicle information center.

Jeep Liberty Diesel

Jeep Liberty offered the first diesel in the U.S. mid-size SUV segment in the 2005 model year. Returning in 2006 in the Liberty is the 2.8-liter common rail diesel (CRD) engine. The 2.8-liter CRD is available on the 4x4 Sport and Limited models, providing those vehicles with the torque of a V-8, the performance of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine.

Providing class-leading torque and unsurpassed towing of 5,000 lbs., the 2.8-liter CRD engine is rated at an estimated 160 horsepower (120 kW) at 3,800 rpm and with 295 lb.-ft. (400 N•m) of torque at 1,800 rpm. Highway driving range is approximately 500 highway miles on a tank of fuel, the best in the mid-size SUV class. The Liberty diesel’s estimated mileage is 21 city/26 highway, providing up to 32 percent better fuel economy than comparable gas engines. Diesel engines reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 20 percent.

The Liberty diesel engine is covered by a 5-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Color Availability

Black Clear Coat, Dark Khaki, Light Khaki, Bright Silver, Stone White, Deep Beryl Green, Atlantic Blue, Midnight Blue (replaces Patriot Blue), and Inferno Red (replaces Flame Red).

Production

The Jeep Liberty is manufactured in Ohio at the Toledo North Assembly Plant.

Jeep Trail Rated®

The Jeep Trail Rated® badge communicates that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation and Water Fording.

Jeep Trail Rated is an industry-leading methodology established by the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep Engineering to objectively measure and consistently predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles today and into the future. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, as well as computer-simulated environments, Jeep Trail Rated provides a repeatable and consistent measurement of off-road performance for Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.

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