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Grand CherokeeGrand Cherokee CRD to Ship with 5 Percent Biodiesel
Posted by mike on 2006/8/6 8:52:00 (1509) reads

The upcoming launch of the Grand Cherokee CRD will follow the lead of the Liberty CRD and leave the factory with a tank of B5 - 5% biodiesel fuel.

"DaimlerChrysler has been selling the Jeep Liberty SUV with a diesel engine, and beginning in early 2007 it will offer a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV. In both cases, the vehicles are fueled with B5 (5 percent biodiesel fuel) at the factory. This fall, the company will approve use of B20 in the Dodge Ram diesel pickup for fleet customers who use fuel that meets the current military fuel quality specification.

"“Renewable fuels such as biodiesel can be a home-grown solution to our nation’s environmental, energy and economic challenges,” said Deborah Morrissett, vice president of regulatory affairs for DaimlerChrysler. “This research project with Michigan State can make an important contribution toward reducing our nation’s reliance on oil.”"

Check out this article for more information about a partnership between Michigan State University and DaimlerChrysler about producing biodiesel.

(By the way, the image is that of jatropha nuts - a source of biodiesel fuel.)

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Posted: 2006/8/7 11:37  Updated: 2006/8/7 11:37
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 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD to Ship with 5 Percent Biodiesel
The US JGC V-6 AWD gets 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway (EPA estimates). If we multiply these figures by 1.30 (30% better, the usual factor), then the projected economy of the US JGC V-6 CRD would be 22 mpg city, 27.3 mpg highway, and (presumably) 25 mpg combined.

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Posted: 2006/8/7 10:53  Updated: 2006/8/7 10:53
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 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD to Ship with 5 Percent Biodiesel
Is this the Mercedes 3.0 v6 that they are putting in?

Also, when can we expect this engine to find the bays of the new wrangler and the commander.

I think both would sell great with a diesel.

I am very tempted for my next purchase to be one of those two, but I will not buy one without significant gas milage improvements. Even with the cylinder deactivation of the hemi on the commander, the milage is not very good and the v-6 going into the new wrangler is better, but not great.

I currently have a 4 cy turbo that gets 24/31 and I want something that is equal or better. Isn't that Toyota's or Honda's way of doing things, always come out with a newer engine that is more fuel efficient then the last. Why is Detroits statement always an engine with more HP than the last? - that needs to be changed.
The only way in a bigger rig is with a diesel, so I might have to settle for the grand cherokee until they put diesels in the others.

By the way, what kind of milage would the grand cherokee be getting with this new engine?

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Posted: 2006/8/7 15:51  Updated: 2006/8/7 15:51
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 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD to Ship with 5 Percent Biodiesel
Yes, It is a Mercedes diesel. The only problem with all of these new engines is, in my opinion, their questionable reliability. The 4.0 that is going away in the Wrangler was a great engine, but who knows how the 3.8L will be.

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Posted: 2006/8/7 17:33  Updated: 2006/8/7 17:33
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 Re: Grand Cherokee CRD to Ship with 5 Percent Biodiesel
The 3.8L V6 is the same basic block that the Chrysler mini(yuck)van uses, so it's tried and true in stock form. I considered buying one now and adding some goodies for more power, and found some very old reports that Chrysler had a few detonate when adding boost in development.
So now I'm waiting for the CRD Wrangler. Not just for power, but also for the legendary Mercedes diesel durability.
Hear that DaimlerChrysler? We are waiting (with swollen wallets) for the CRD Wrangler in the US.
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