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Posted by mike on 2006/6/8 9:26:59 (5118) reads

(from a DaimlerChyrsler press release)

Chrysler Group will announce today its plans to produce the first diesel-powered, full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to be offered in the United States. The 2007 Jeep® Grand Cherokee with a 3.0-liter common rail turbo diesel (CRD) engine will arrive at Jeep dealerships in the first quarter of 2007.

“DaimlerChrysler is a leader in automotive diesel applications in Europe, and it makes sense to continue to build on that experience by offering a modern, clean diesel for the U.S. market,” said Craig Love, Vice President -- Rear-Wheel-Drive Product Team, Chrysler Group. “The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will offer consumers increased fuel economy, class-leading torque, towing and driving range.”

The new 3.0-liter CRD engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, produces 215 hp (160 kW) @ 3800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. torque (510 N•m) @ 1600-2800 rpm and gets an estimated fuel economy of 19 miles city and 23 miles highway. The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD offers class-leading torque, outstanding towing capacity (7,400 lbs.), and class-leading driving range of approximately 425 miles. And, clean diesel technology improves fuel economy by up to 30 percent and has up to 20 percent fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The 3.0-liter CRD engine will be available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited and Overland models.

“The 3.0-liter CRD is an efficient, smooth-running, clean engine that delivers fuel economy and performance,” said Bob Lee, Vice President -- Power Train Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Advanced diesel technology has improved over the last several years; engines are quieter and cleaner due to electronic controls, higher fuel pressures and advanced after-treatment systems.”

Chrysler Group was the first automotive manufacturer in the United States to offer a mid-size, diesel-powered SUV, the 2005 Jeep Liberty with a 2.8-liter CRD engine. Based on consumer response, the diesel-powered Jeep Liberty exceeded the company’s expectations. More than 11,000 diesel-powered Jeep Liberty vehicles have been sold since production began. The Jeep Liberty diesel continues to be a strong seller, as consumers realize the benefits of diesel technology.

The Jeep brand also announced earlier in the year that the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee would have a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 engine, which gives customers the ability to use a fuel with an 85 percent concentration of ethanol (E-85) in their vehicles. Flex-fuel vehicles support renewable sources of fuel and reduce emissions. The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues Chrysler Group’s commitment to alternative fuels and technology.

More than 60 percent of Chrysler Group vehicles sold in Western Europe are diesel-powered. Between 2003 and 2007, Chrysler Group will triple the number of diesel offerings outside North America. Of the estimated 20 vehicles available, 12 or more will have the option for a diesel powertrain (up from four in 2003).

The Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD will be manufactured at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The 3.0-liter CRD engine is built at the Mercedes-Benz Berlin Marienfelde Plant in Berlin, Germany. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

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Posted: 2009/6/3 3:39  Updated: 2009/6/3 3:39
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Posted: 2006/6/10 16:15  Updated: 2006/6/10 16:15
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Ok. This 3.0 CRD is offered in Europe and is getting 30.9mpg in a Commander.

What gives? Are they intentionally making gas mileage bad? Some of the measurements are metric but I assume mpg is Miles per gallon.

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Posted: 2006/6/10 13:12  Updated: 2006/6/10 13:12
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All I want is a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with a diesel engine... and rhynolining instead of carpet... and a snorkel... with on-board air... and CTIS... and portal axles... is that too much to ask? Jeeesh...

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Posted: 2006/6/10 15:23  Updated: 2006/6/10 15:23
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Its nice DCX is moving ahead with a diesel version...however, i dont think the MPG is such an improvement that i would pay the extra $$$ for the diesel option. I have read many times on different threads about those with the liberty diesel that are complaining it was not worth the extra cash...

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Posted: 2006/6/9 8:49  Updated: 2006/6/9 8:49
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It all makes sense now. Both versions of the JK are larger and heavier than the TJ so there was no chance of a 4 cyclinder going in the new JK. Considering the 3.0L CRD that is going into the GC is the all around better performer, better HP and torque numbers, than the 3.7L V6 minivan powerplant that is the base for the new JK, one would have to assume that the 3.0L CRD will be the optional engine upgrade in the 2nd half of 2007 model year or be released as an option for 2008. I would bet DC will use this engine in the new wrangler as a way to better their fleet fuel economy and emissions numbers and it would also fit the trend of positive engine improvements for each new model refresh of their iconic Jeep. Think back to the handful of CJ-7s that came with a V8.

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Posted: 2006/6/8 16:12  Updated: 2006/6/8 16:20
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It's about freakin' time!
I find this part most interesting "Of the estimated 20 vehicles available, 12 or more will have the option for a diesel powertrain"
Is that for the US or Europe?

I find it difficult to beleive the mileage ratings are so low, when the European spec CRD GC gets 35mpg. I had a Cummins at almost twice the displacement that could (occasionally) hit 21mpg on the highway. Could the BlueTec be robbing the engine of efficiency?

Either way, keep 'em coming DC! We want our CRD Wranglers.

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Posted: 2006/6/8 16:03  Updated: 2006/6/8 16:03
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The 3.0L "clean" CRD turbo going in the GC is a different animal than the 2.8L "less clean" CRD in the Liberty (that just got canceled).

The 3.0L turbo would be schweeet in the JK. You'll see a few diesels before any hybrids in the Jeep line.

Hopefully, if they ever go for a hybrid, it finds its way into a Compass. Most Jeepers hate it already, so that wouldn't make it any worse.

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Posted: 2006/6/8 14:11  Updated: 2006/6/8 14:11
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215/376? That would be perfect in the wrangler, both 2D and 4D.

19/23 wouldn't be bad either. If this fits, and you know it does, then the only reason they can't do this is if they have another idea in the pipeline (Bluetec, anyone?).

Please put this in the Wrangler. Just let me know where to send my deposit (how's half down sound to you, DMC?).

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I wonder when the CRD Commander will be announced. Probably about a day after the 2007 Limited I have on order is delivered.

The CRD Liberty has now been discontinued as it does not meet the new emissions standards. It will most likely make a return with an all new drivetrain when the Liberty is redesigned next year.

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Posted: 2006/6/8 12:24  Updated: 2006/6/8 12:24
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 Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Announced where's my CRD Wrangler?

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My guess is that if the CRD doesn't meet emissions standards in the Liberty, it won't meet them in "your" Wrangler.
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