By David Thomas on April 3, 2007
For 2008, Jeep is giving the Liberty an all-new look inside and out, along with a radical, optional retractable roof. If the Liberty resembles the Dodge Nitro, that’s because they’re largely the same vehicle. The Jeep sports a 210-hp V-6 and two 4x4 drivetrains, and comes in Sport and Limited trims.
We’d get into all the changes from the past generation, like all the added space and comfort inside, but we’re a bit bummed there aren’t more Jeep-specific touches.
Unlike the Nitro, the Liberty has an optional retractable canvas roof that Jeep calls a Sky Slider, and it looks to live up to its name. We’ve seen similar roofs offered by prominent aftermarket companies on vehicles like the Hummer H3, but this is the first time we’ve seen one from a manufacturer. You’ll also be able to add a rear seat DVD system and the new MyGig entertainment system.
We’ll have more on the 2008 Jeep Liberty later today from the show floor, but for now check out the photos below, including a comparison shot of the Dodge Nitro so you can judge for yourself.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David