North American International Auto Show 2001


2002 Jeep Liberty

The Jeep Liberty makes a dramatic entrance, driving down a steep, rock-covered incline in front of a waterfall.
The Jeep Liberty makes a dramatic entrance, driving down a steep, rock-covered incline in front of a waterfall.

Daimler-Chrysler started their presentation with a fireside chat by "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey. Mr. Kesey reminisced about the days before interstates, quoting, among others, Robert Frost and famous road-tripper Charles Kuralt.

Daimler-Chrysler unveiled the 2002 Jeep Liberty SUV, which has some of the character of the original Jeeps, including good off-road capability, but with a refined on-road ride -- their idea of the perfect vehicle for taking the "road less traveled." Unlike Ford and GM, Daimler-Chrysler chose to unveil an actual production car, rather than a concept car.

The 2002 Jeep Liberty The 2002 Jeep Liberty
The 2002 Jeep Liberty

One of Daimler-Chrysler's visions for this vehicle is that people will customize it, much like they have with the PT Cruiser.

The Renegade, a demonstration of how the Jeep Liberty can be customized. The Renegade, a demonstration of how the Jeep Liberty can be customized.
The Renegade, a demonstration of how the Jeep Liberty can be customized.
The interior is simple, with stainless steel accents. The interior is simple, with stainless steel accents.
The interior is simple, with stainless steel accents.