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Re: Liberty V6
The hard part for (pardon the term)SUV manufacturers is designing and building one that can do fairly well on and off road. A lot of manufacturers have biased their modern designs to the on road side of the equation.
The HP/Torque controversy is not that big of a deal really, gearing can be modified to make any stock engine useful for off roading. For example, the 1984-86 XJs, with their small HP 2.5 and 2.8 engines had much lower gearing than the 1987-01 XJs..the big difference is the much more poweful 4.0 engine. The 4.0 didn't need all that gearing, making up for the taller gears with brute torque.
As for the small engined Jeeps, the 1984 Jeep Cherokee XJ is, so far, the only 4x4 to win all 3 major mags "4x4 of the year" award in the same year. The engine in that record setting Cherokee? A 2.8L V-6....... all 115 HP and 145 ftlb of it, the very same engine that was used in the S-10 Blazer that year....[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]