Jeep will bring the new version of its Liberty utility vehicle to the 2013 New York Auto Show only a short time before it is scheduled to reach dealers.
The official word came from Jeep CEO Mike Manley and while an official “on sale” date has yet to be confirmed, he said the car will be available by the end of the second quarter. Apart from the date, there’s a little more still up in the air. Specifically, the car still doeesn’t have an official title.
It might drop the Liberty nameplate in favor of something new — a call that will be made in the coming weeks before its bow in New York in late March. Previous rumors suggested that the car will be renamed under the Cherokee badge.
Aside from that, the car will move to an independent rear suspension. Jeep is expected to keep the Liberty lighter and smaller than the Grand Cherokee as well, and it will still be off-road capable.
The hard lines and boxy body will also likely disappear for the next model, which will have a more sloped windshield than the car pictured above, and overall body shape more akin with the Grand Cherokee.
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[Source: Detroit Bureau]