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.

2018-Jeep-History-2000s-Key-Vehicle

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.

( Disclosure2005 Jeep® Liberty Renegade.)

2005 Jeep® Liberty Renegade.


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.

( Disclosure2005 Jeep® Liberty.)

2005 Jeep® Liberty.

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.

( DisclosureWrangler-Unlimited-TJ)

Wrangler-Unlimited-TJ


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”.

( Disclosure2004 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited.)

2004 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited.


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

( Disclosure2005 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.)

2005 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited 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.

( Disclosure2005 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.)

2005 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.


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.

( Disclosure2006 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT.)

2006 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT.


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.

( Disclosure2008 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.)

2008 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.


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

( Disclosure2010 Jeep® Commander.)

2010 Jeep® Commander.


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.

( Disclosure2006 Jeep® Commander front grille.)

2006 Jeep® Commander front grille.

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).

( Disclosure2008 Jeep® Compass.)

2008 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.

( Disclosure2017 Jeep® Compass.)

2017 Jeep® Compass.


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.

( Disclosure2016 Jeep® Compass 75th Anniversary Edition.)

2016 Jeep® Compass 75th Anniversary Edition.

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.

( Disclosure2007 Jeep® Patriot.)

2007 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.

( Disclosure2017 Jeep® Patriot.)

2017 Jeep® Patriot.


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

( Disclosure2017 Jeep® Patriot.)

2017 Jeep® Patriot.

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.

( Disclosure2016 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon.)

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon.


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.

( Disclosure2007 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara.)

2007 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara.


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

( Disclosure2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.)

2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.


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

( Disclosure2011 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon interior.)

2011 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon interior.

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.

( Disclosure2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.)

2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.


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

( Disclosure2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.)

2012 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.


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.

( Disclosure2011 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon interior.)

2011 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon interior.

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).

( Disclosure2008 Jeep® Liberty.)

2008 Jeep® Liberty.


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.

( Disclosure2012 Jeep® Liberty with optional SkySlider® Roof.)

2012 Jeep® Liberty with optional SkySlider® Roof.


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

( Disclosure2011 Jeep® Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition.)

2011 Jeep® Liberty 70th Anniversary Edition.

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.

( Disclosure2013 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.)

2013 Jeep® Grand Cherokee.


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

( Disclosure2017 Jeep® Trailhawk.)

2017 Jeep® Trailhawk.