For those who prefer to chill out in a vehicle more at home on road than off, the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic Edition brings many of the same cosmetic touches as the Wrangler Arctic Edition but puts more emphasis on enhanced ride comfort and greater affordability. Based on a Liberty Sport 4x4 model, this Arctic alternative can be ordered in Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White or Mineral Gray. While the two share common front fender badges, the Liberty gets a unique "Arctic" hood decal as well as deep-tint glass and tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps and standard fog lamps. It rides on P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain tires wrapped around 16-inch aluminum wheels finished in semi-gloss black.
A common design theme also runs though the Liberty Arctic's interior trim, which largely parallels the black and Arctic Orange color scheme seen in the Wrangler. The seats -- heated power buckets up front -- are trimmed in black vinyl with a Gortex embossment and an "Arctic" logo while the center inserts are Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents. Rounding out the mix are special gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, a Media Center 430 touch-screen with a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system and Mopar slush mats with white "Jeep" lettering.
Like other Liberty Sport 4x4 models the 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic Edition is powered by a 210-horse/3.7-liter V6 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. It goes on sale this month with a starting price of $27,465.