In celebrating the brand’s 70th anniversary, Jeep has decided to release something special for all of its customers.
What better way to do that than to release a special edition model for five vehicles in its current line-up? The company is releasing a 70th Anniversary Edition for the Compass , Grand Cherokee , Liberty , Patriot , and Wrangler SUVs. All of the anniversary models will be rolled out to dealerships by the coming months and will be available in three different color schemes: Bronze Star, Bright Silver, and Black.
The only downside with these SE models is that most of the special edition features were given to the SUV’s interior, leaving little else for the exterior and nothing on the performance side.
But hey, a special edition model is a special edition model. Jeep is turning 70 years old this year and they’re bringing on the year-long celebration on a very high note.
Whether the brand has more in store for us in 2011 is another matter altogether. From the looks of things, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if they do have more surprises for us as the year rolls along.
Details on the Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition after the jump.
Gallery Jeep Liberty
Exterior and Interior
The Jeep Liberty Sport and Limited trims have been dressed up by the brand to adorn their 70th Anniversary package. For the Liberty line, the changes include 18” Mopar wheels with polished face and painted pockets, chrome f side moldings, roof rails, and a license plate brow in the exterior. Meanwhile, the interior gets an Dark Olive/Dark Slate leather seating with Chestnut accent stitching and piping, a leather wrapped steering wheel with Chestnut accents, satin chrome accents and bezels in anodized Silver and Black Lacewood finish, Berber floor mats with Chestnut binding, and Mopar stainless-steel doorsill plates.
For the special edition Liberty, Jeep left the powertrain alone, opting the use of the very same 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
2011 Jeep Liberty
Jeep priced the Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition at $25,515. The price is more expensive than all Liberty variants with the exception of the Liberty Jet Sport 4x4, which has a price tag of $26,360.
The base version of the Kia Sorento comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 169 lb/ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Tucson is powered by a Theta II GDI 2.4 Liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum output of 176 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to being of Korean origin, as opposed to the Liberty’s Made-in-the-USA tag, both the Sorento and the Tucson can’t compete with the Liberty’s base level powertrain. Add that to the fact that this is a special edition Liberty and we can pretty much expect that if a customer is after aesthetics and performance, the Liberty is the clear choice.
- Special Editions are always awesome
- Price for its exclusivity is reasonable
- Performance looks to be promising
- Only three available colors
- Not too many exterior changes
- Engine remains the same