2000-2009

ELEVATED 4x4 CAPABILITY

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

THE JEEP® BRAND LINEUP GROWS

The merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler in 1998 started to show the fruits of collaboration with the introduction of a number of new Jeep® Brand 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, entered into a global alliance with Fiat S.p.A. in 2009.

2002-2007 JEEP® LIBERTY (KJ)

Jeep History 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty

2005 Jeep® Liberty Renegade.

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 a seven-slot grille.

Jeep History 2005 Jeep Liberty

2005 Jeep® Liberty.

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

Jeep History 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty Front Grille

2005 Jeep® Liberty.

Four-wheel drive is via Command-Trac®; Liberty Limited models received Selec-Trac® Full-Time 4WD 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)

Jeep History 2004-2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2004 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited.

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 legroom, more interior space and greatly enhanced on-road handling.

Jeep History 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2004 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited.

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”.

Jeep History 2004-2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Side View

2004 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited.

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

Jeep History 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

2005 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

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)

Jeep History 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2005 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

MORE OF A GREAT THING

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 History 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2006 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

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

Jeep History 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Side View

2006 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT.

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

Jeep History 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Water Fording

2008 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

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)

Jeep History 2006-2010 Jeep Commander

2006 Jeep® Commander.

THE JEEP® BRAND LEGEND CONTINUES TO GROW

The 2006 Commander was the first seven-passenger Trail Rated® Jeep® Brand 4x4 vehicle. 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.

Jeep History 2006-2010 Jeep Commander Seven Slot Grille

2010 Jeep® Commander.

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

Jeep History 2006-2010 Jeep Commander Towing Capacity

2006 Jeep® Commander front grille.

Basic power and drivetrain offerings were the same as the Grand Cherokee (WK). As with most Jeep® Brand 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)

Jeep History 2007-2017 Jeep Compass

2008 Jeep® Compass.

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).

Jeep History 2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep® Compass.

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.

Jeep History 2011 Jeep Compass 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep® Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition.

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

Jeep History 2016 Jeep Compass 75th Anniversary Edition

2016 Jeep® Compass 75th Anniversary Edition.

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)

Jeep History 2007-2017 Jeep Patriot

2007 Jeep® Patriot.

CLASSIC STYLING IN A COMPACT CROSSOVER

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

Jeep History 2017 Jeep Patriot

2017 Jeep® Patriot.

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.

Jeep History 2011 Jeep Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep® Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition.

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

Jeep History 2007-2017 Jeep Patriot on a Beach

2017 Jeep® Patriot.

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

2007-PRESENT JEEP® WRANGLER (JK)

Jeep History 2007-Present Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon.

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.

Jeep History 2007-Present Jeep Wrangler

2007 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara.

The 2007 Wrangler model'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.

Jeep History 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

With an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, engine, safety and security and convenience features, the Jeep® Wrangler was built on the successful, original Jeep® Brand formula.

Jeep History 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Off Road

2013 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.

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.

Jeep History 2011 Jeep Wrangler Interior

2011 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon interior.

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

2007-2018 JEEP® WRANGLER UNLIMITED (JK)

Jeep History 2007-Present Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

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.

Jeep History 2007-Present Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Doors Off

2010 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited with doors off and windshield folded down.

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.

Jeep History 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

With an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, engine, safety and security and convenience features, the Jeep® Wrangler unlimited was built on the successful, original Jeep® Brand formula.

Jeep History 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Recon with Trail Rated Badge

2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Recon with Trail Rated® badge.

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.

Jeep History 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Interior

2011 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon interior.

For 2011, all Wrangler models boast an all-new interior, and Sahara models feature a more premium body-color hardtop. Wrangler Unlimited combines superior 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)

Jeep History 2008-2012 Jeep Liberty

2008 Jeep® Liberty.

RUGGED, CLASSIC STYLING FOR LIBERTY

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

Jeep History 2008-2012 Jeep Liberty Off Road

2012 Jeep® Liberty.

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 vehicle's off-road attributes.

Jeep History 2008-2012 Jeep Liberty with SkySlider Roof

2012 Jeep® Liberty with optional SkySlider® Roof.

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

Jeep History 2011 Jeep Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep® Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition.

In 2011, the Jeep® Brand celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a special edition of the Jeep® Liberty. This distinctive vehicle was available with a distinctive exterior paint color (Bronze Star Pearl), 70th Anniversary badging and more.

Jeep History 2008-2012 Jeep Liberty Towing a Boat

2011 Jeep® Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition.

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

2011-PRESENT GRAND CHEROKEE (WK)

Jeep History 2011-Present Jeep Grand Cherokee

2013 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

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.

Jeep History 2011-Present Jeep Grand Cherokee Dashboard

2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Overland interior.

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

Jeep History 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

2017 Jeep® Trailhawk.

A new Trailhawk® model was introduced in 2017 and includes the standard Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension, the Quadra-Drive® II 4x4 System, all-terrain tires and a Skidplate Package.

Jeep History 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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