9 speed Auto!
more pix of mule here:
The Liberty (hopefully renamed Cherokee) will be debuting in 2013 at NAIAS in Detroit.
According to LeftLane News, the Liberty will be getting a smaller displacement version of the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 and a 9-Speed automatic transmission.
By Mark Kleis
Thursday, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 3:01 am
Chrysler currently has just one Pentastar V6 in its lineup for the U.S., a 3.6-liter unit, but that may change when the Detroit Auto Show kicks off in January next year.
Two sources within the United Auto Workers union have confirmed to Automotive News that 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 will make its world debut in the successor for the Jeep Liberty that is set to be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.
The Liberty successor will not only gain a new 3.2-liter V6, but also a nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF, the same supplier that created the eight-speed automatic found in multiple Chrysler products. Although no horsepower or fuel economy figures were given, it is likely that Jeep is going to make a very serious effort to capture the best-in-class fuel economy title with this new vehicle – something not usually associated with the rugged off-road-minded Jeep brand.
Some hints at this coming engine have been leaked directly from the lips of none other than Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who said at the Geneva Motor Show, “If we had known the eight-speed [transmission] was coming, we would have made the [3.6-liter] Pentastar a 3.2-liter [V6].”
Fix the - worse then a Toyota from the mid 90's to mid 00's exhaust kink/hang - and I'll look at it again... All I see is hanging exhaust pipe in that picture... that's absolutely not acceptable in 2012, especially in an off road vehicle!!! (which should have as flat an underbody as possible, to at least give the illusion that nothing will get damaged if you take it thru some rocks, ruts, and mud).
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
I don't dispute the fact that the Cherokee has definitely found it's place as an off-road legend, but the ones that are off-roaded are most likely used vehicles on their second or third owners. While new, most Cherokees served duty as the suburban family station wagon. Since that role in modern times is now expected to be played by a FWD-based, unibody CUV, why shouldn't a future Cherokee deliver what the marketplace expects? Land Rover is doing just fine with 2 FWD based CUVs, so why wouldn't Jeep? As long as Jeep offers the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler as true off-roaders, the rest of the line-up does not need to be so hardcore.
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1. Wicked ground clearance. They must be serious about this having off road capability.
2. Stretched Giulietta body indicates size/wheelbase of final vehicle. The final body will obviously be different.
People can't be dense to think this design from Alfa is the actual car
First it was established that it was the "mule" so they are simply testing the engine, tranny and other components. Second Jeep would NEVER let the Liberty/Cherokee go soft in looks. I would as noted above expect something similar to a JGC with more straight edges.
I'm still waiting to see what they do with it design wise to determine if I get this or the GC for the wife.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Also, didn't realize there was a significant problem with head gaskets.
I'll give you that it's an inefficient head design. The high-output 4.0 makes far less power than many smaller engines, but it's old. Very old. Our current analytical tools for things like combustion events are much different than 20 years ago, when the newest 4.0 would have been designed, and engine management technology has also changed significantly in that time.