2000-2009

The radical 2003 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon was the most capable vehicle ever produced by the Jeep brand. A new 4-door Wrangler took the industry by storm. The Compass and Patriot were the first Jeep vehicles to reach into the small cross-utility segment.

The Jeep® Line-up Grows


The merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler in 1998 started to show the fruits with the introduction of a number of new Jeep® vehicles. In 2001, a new Jeep® Cherokee (KJ) replaced the long-lived Cherokee (XJ). A seven-passenger Jeep Commander was introduced in 2006. The Jeep Compass and Patriot (MK) and Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited (JK) were all introduced in 2007. A new Jeep Cherokee (KK) was introduced in 2008. The parent company Chrysler Group LLC enters into a global alliance with Fiat SpA in 2009.

Elevated 4x4 Capability

JEEP® LIBERTY (KJ) 

2002-2007 

JEEP® WRANGLER UNLIMITED (TJ) 

2004-2007 

JEEP® GRAND CHEROKEE (WK) 

2005-2010 

JEEP® COMMANDER (XK) 

2006-2010 

JEEP® COMPASS (MK) 

2007-2017 

JEEP® PATRIOT (MK) 

2007-2017 

JEEP® WRANGLER (JK) 

2007-Present 

JEEP® WRANGLER UNLIMITED (JK) 

2007-Present 

JEEP® LIBERTY (KK) 

2008-2012 

GRAND CHEROKEE (WK) 

2011-Present 

2002-2007 JEEP® LIBERTY (KJ)

Independent by Nature


The venerable Cherokee (XJ) was phased out in 2001 its replacement was the Liberty (KJ). The new Jeep® Liberty featured time-tested design cues like round headlamps and seven-slot grill.

The Liberty infused bold engineering advances like independent front suspension and a new 3.7L V6 to replace the longstanding 4.0L I-6 engine.

Four-wheel drive is via Command-Trac®; Liberty Limited models received Selec-Trac and 3.73:1 axles as standard. For the 2005 model year, Liberty was offered with an optional 2.8L turbo diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission.

2004-2007 JEEP® WRANGLER UNLIMITED (TJ)

The Jeep® Legend Continues


In 2004, the Jeep® brand offered a “stretched” version of the TJ, Wrangler Unlimited. Ten inches longer in wheelbase (103-inch) and 15-inches longer in overall length, the Unlimited offered two inches more rear leg room, more interior space, and greatly enhanced on-road handling.

The Unlimited was slightly different from the long military TJ-L model, adding five inches of rear overhang but having less space in the mid-body. The Unlimited is unofficially known by fans as the “LJ”.

The increased wheelbase offered more refined on-road comfort, as well as versatility and increased towing capacity to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In 2005, the Jeep Brand introduced the Rubicon Unlimited – it featured the wheelbase of the Unlimited and off-road features of the Rubicon.

2005-2010 JEEP® GRAND CHEROKEE (WK)

Stronger, Quieter and More Comfortable


The all-new Grand Cherokee (WK) debuted in 2004 as a 2005 model. This revamped Grand Cherokee combined power, luxury and a significantly quieter, more comfortable ride.

Jeep® Brand engineers worked hard to improve on-road refinement by adding a short / long-arm independent front suspension similar to the 2002 Liberty.

The ground-up transformation continued with a choice of three power plants including the mighty 5.7L 330 hp HEMI® V8. The 2006 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8 featured a 6.1L HEMI® V8 with 420 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, 20-inch lightweight forged wheels and four-piston Brembo brakes.

The available full-time Quadra-Drive II® 4x4 system featured front and rear limited slip differentials and a center differential-lock which operated in low-range.

An all-new Grand Cherokee (WK) was introduced in 2011.

2006-2010 JEEP® COMMANDER (XK)

The first Jeep 4x4 with third row seating.


The 2006 Commander was the first seven-passenger Trail Rated® Jeep® 4x4. Based on the ‘05 Grand Cherokee platform, the boxy Commander was only slightly longer than the WK (two inches), but a three-inches-higher stepped roofline and stadium-style seating arrangement allowed for an extra row of seats in back.

The Commander's boxy styling—with upright windshield and squared-off sides—instantly distinguishes it from its cousin.

Basic power-and drivetrain offerings were the same as the Grand Cherokee (WK). As with most Jeep 4x4 models, the Commander carried the Jeep Trail Rated badge. To be Trail Rated, a vehicle must meet performance standards in traction, articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability, and water fording.

2007-2017 JEEP® COMPASS (MK)

A stylish Jeep® compact crossover.


First appearing at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, the Jeep® Compass is a compact crossover SUV that features available Trail Rated® capability (new for the 2011 model year).

The vehicle is front-wheel-drive with a choice of two available electronically controlled 4x4 systems for all-weather use: Freedom-Drive I™, a full-time system for on-road use, or Freedom-Drive II®, that is off-road capable.

In 2011, the Jeep brand celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a special edition of the Jeep Compass. This unique vehicle is available with unique exterior paint color (Bronze Star Pearl), 70th Anniversary badging, and more.

In 2017 the Jeep Compass (MK) wound down and laid the path to an all-new Compass (MP) that is an evolution of quality, performance, fuel efficiency and capability.

2007-2017 JEEP® PATRIOT (MK)

Classic styling in a compact crossover.


The Jeep® Patriot is a compact crossover SUV that features available Trail Rated® capability.

The vehicle is front-wheel-drive with a choice of two available electronically controlled 4x4 systems for all-weather use: Freedom-Drive I™, a full-time system for on-road use, or Freedom-Drive II®, that is off-road capable.

In 2011, the Jeep brand celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a special edition of the Jeep Patriot. This unique vehicle is available with unique exterior paint color (Bronze Star Pearl), 70th Anniversary badging, and more.

The Patriot (MK) was extremely popular model that offered numerous adventures over its decade of production.

2007-PRESENT JEEP® WRANGLER (JK)

An all-new two-door Wrangler


Wrangler is the ultimate, all-American 4x4 freedom machine – the Jeep® brand’s modern-day descendant of the original, heroic Willys MB.

The 2007 Wrangler’s signature round headlamps, iconic seven-slot grille, solid axles, removable doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield, innovative removable and convertible tops all honor Jeep brand heritage while signaling new levels of capability and versatility.

Building on the successful, original Jeep formula with an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, engine and Safety / Security and convenience features.

The Wrangler is certified with a Jeep Trail Rated® badge, verifying that the vehicle is able to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. In short, the Wrangler is designed to satisfy hardened off-road enthusiasts and luxury SUV drivers alike, with minimal compromise to either extreme.

For 2011, all Wranglers boast an all-new interior, and Sahara models feature a more premium body-color hardtop.

2007-PRESENT JEEP® WRANGLER UNLIMITED (JK)

An all-new four-door Wrangler


Wrangler is the ultimate, all-American 4x4 freedom machine – the Jeep® brand’s modern-day descendant of the original, heroic Willys MB.

Featuring a one-of-a-kind, four-door open-air design, the Wrangler (JK) represents the most seamless integration of off-road ruggedness and passenger luxury in its 70 plus years of Jeep® brand history.

Building on the successful, original Jeep formula with an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, engine and Safety / Security and convenience features.

The Wrangler is certified with a Jeep Trail Rated® badge, verifying that the vehicle is able to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. In short, the Wrangler is designed to satisfy hardened off-road enthusiasts and luxury SUV drivers alike, with minimal compromise to either extreme.

For 2011, all Wranglers boast an all-new interior, and Sahara models feature a more premium body-color hardtop. Wrangler Unlimited combines class-leading off-road capability with everyday practicality including room for five adult passengers and the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler.

2008-2012 JEEP® LIBERTY (KK)

Rugged, classic styling for Liberty


In 2008, the all-new Jeep® Liberty (KK), with its rugged, classic Jeep design, replaced the softer, more rounded Liberty (KJ).

Jeep Brand engineers sought to improve the Liberty vehicle’s on-road refinement and strengthen its off-road abilities. As a result, All-New independent front and five-link suspension systems, along with an all-new available Selec-Trac® II full-time 4x4 system were developed, giving the Liberty refined on-road handling without compromising the vehicles off-road attributes.

On the inside, seat comfort, cargo capacity and passenger room were improved. Liberty’s available Sky Slider® Roof delivered a true Jeep open-air experience.

In 2011, the Jeep brand celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a special edition of the Jeep Liberty. This unique vehicle is available with unique exterior paint color (Bronze Star Pearl), 70th Anniversary badging, and more.

The venerable Liberty was retired in 2012 and replaced in the lineup by the All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

2011-PRESENT GRAND CHEROKEE (WK)

On-road refinement, and off-road capability


All-new for 2011 and more than 4 million sales after the first Grand Cherokee, the Jeep® brand improves the formula and delivers the perfect blend of on-road refinement and off-road capability.

The new WK provides premium on-road performance, legendary Jeep craftsmanship, improved fuel economy, a world-class interior, a sleek new exterior design, true American craftsmanship and a host of safety and technology features.

A New Trailhawk model was introduced introduced in 2017 and includes standard Quadra-Lift® air suspension, Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system, all-terrain tires, skidplate package

The new Trackhawk was released as the quickest+ and most powerful SUV ever. It included a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, modified engine cooling, high-performance Brembo brake system and Launch mode for an incredible track performance.