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Inspired by styling from theDakar[3]andJeepster[4]concept vehicles, the Liberty was intended as a replacement for the discontinuedJeep Cherokee. The Liberty also marked a few firsts for Jeep. It was the first Jeep vehicle to userack and pinionsteering.[5]It’s also the first Jeep to use the two then-newPowerTechengines; the 150 horsepower (110kW) 2.4Lstraight-4, which was discontinued in 2006, and the 210 horsepower (160kW) 3.7 LV6. However, the Liberty was not the first Jeep vehicle to use anindependent front suspension, as theJeep Wagoneerfirst used it in the 1963 model. But, that independent front suspension was limited to four wheel drive versions and, even then, was a short lived option.[6]In addition, the Liberty was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2002.

Three trim levels were initially offered; the top endLimited, a more rugged lookingRenegadeand the baseSport. All were made available with either2WDor4WD. In 2005, all Liberty received a minor facelift. The 2005, 2006Renegadeand 2005Rocky Mountain EditionLiberties received an exclusive flat hood and taller grille. In 2007, theRenegadetrim level was replaced with theLatitudewhich appeared to focus more on an urban appearance and lost theRenegadetrim’s unique hood and grille.