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Posted by mike on 2006/12/13 9:31:02 (2468) reads

From a Chrysler Group press release.

For the fifth year in a row -- and every year since its 2003 re-introduction -- Chrysler Group's famous 5.7-liter HEMI(R) engine has earned a place on Ward's 10 Best Engines list. Joining the HEMI in winning the award is DaimlerChrysler's 3.0-liter V-6 Turbo Diesel, available in the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

"We are pleased that Chrysler Group has delivered two engines among Ward's 10 prestigious winners," said Bob Lee, Vice President -- Powertrain, Chrysler Group. "The HEMI continues to impress as an engine that offers the combination of power and fuel efficiency our customers demand, while the 3.0-liter V-6 CRD Turbo Diesel boasts an unsurpassed blend of acceleration, torque and fuel economy."

First introduced in the 2003 Dodge Ram, the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 achieves power, fuel economy and emissions goals with a design that is elegant and cost effective. The engine is available in the Chrysler 300, Chrysler Aspen, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Ram.

Standard equipment on all 5.7-liter HEMI applications (with the exception of the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500) is Chrysler Group's innovative Multi- displacement System (MDS), which improves fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four- cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand.

"There's nothing more American than the V-8, and we think the modern HEMI is the best of the breed," said Bill Visnic, Senior Technical Editor, Ward's AutoWorld. "The HEMI is power-dense, perfectly sized and incorporates sophisticated-yet-straightforward efficiency-enhancing technology to help it stay relevant in a market that is becoming increasingly conscious of fuel economy. But above all else, the HEMI is just plain fun."

A high-performance 6.1-liter version of the HEMI V-8 is offered in many of Chrysler Group's SRT lineup of vehicles, including the Chrysler 300C SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Magnum SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The 6.1- liter HEMI features strengthened components -- including a reinforced engine block, forged steel crankshaft and high-strength connecting rods -- and generates additional power with more cubic inches, higher compression ratio, higher engine speed and enhanced engine breathing, courtesy of special cylinder heads and manifolds.

The HEMI V-8 engine is manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico.

Joining the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 on Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 2007 is the new 3.0-liter V-6 common-rail diesel (CRD) Turbo Diesel. Available in the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the advanced diesel engine features more torque than most eight-cylinder engines, impressive acceleration and fuel economy that rivals a small six-cylinder gasoline engine.

The Mercedes-built 3.0-liter CRD is one of the most advanced powerplants available in the marketplace today. It is designed to be an efficient, smooth- running engine with up to 30-percent improved fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

Built in Berlin, Germany, the 3.0-liter CRD produces 215 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque.

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MarkH
Posted: 2006/12/13 10:28  Updated: 2006/12/13 10:28
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
I can't find where that 3.0L V6 CRD TD is available in the U.S. for the 2007 Jeep GC, either on the Jeep website, nor on the Chrysler Group Fleet website. Could it be that this option is for overseas, only?

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Josephus
Posted: 2006/12/13 10:36  Updated: 2006/12/13 10:36
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
It's slated to be released in the US in Q1 2007.
It would be nice if there a little more info about it on the Jeep website, where's all the PR spin and marketing hoopla?

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trevorj
Posted: 2006/12/13 11:28  Updated: 2006/12/13 11:28
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
Truth is, they don't know how successful the CRD WK is going to be and they don't want to risk a lot of people holding out until next quarter to buy a Jeep. That would affect their bottom line in Q4 and leave them with parking lots full of crappy 3.7L V6s.

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MarkH
Posted: 2006/12/13 11:45  Updated: 2006/12/13 11:45
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
Good point.

Maybe they'll "debug" it in the GC, then in MY08, put it in the JK.

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Glenn
Posted: 2006/12/13 16:06  Updated: 2006/12/13 16:06
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
If they offered this engine in the JK, I'd order one. I've been asking for a diesel Wrangler for years.

Glenn

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AferVentus
Posted: 2006/12/13 21:28  Updated: 2006/12/13 21:28
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
According to the 07 WK brochure, the CRD engine is slated for 'late availability.'

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discobird
Posted: 2006/12/14 21:56  Updated: 2006/12/14 21:56
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 Re: Want an Award-Winning Engine? Get a Grand Cherokee
Hmm....

I have an idea, how about a Diesel version of a HEMI.... HEMI CRD!


That would be a kick ass engine in a JK
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