Posted by mike on 2011/4/29 6:11:42 (1222) reads
Those lucky stiffs over at Autoblog recently got to test drive diesel versions of the 2011 Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. As you may or may not know, our friends across the pond have had access to diesel Jeeps for a number of years now.
The entire article. is worth reading - but here's a few select quotes:
On the road, the Italian 3.0-liter V6 CRD in the Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 from the Jefferson North plant in Detroit is as smooth as butter. The 237 horsepower is, of course, fine. But it's the 406 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm that gets our juices flowing. For one thing, the 3.0 CRD can accelerate a Grand Cherokee 4x4 to 60 mph in just 8.0 seconds, which is darned close to the estimated time for the 5.7-liter V8. It also has the same 7,700-plus pound towing capacity
You can bad-mouth the 197 horsepower from the longitudinally mounted VM Motori 2.8-liter CRD all you like, but the variable turbine geometry turbo-induced 302 lb-ft of torque between 2,600 and 3,200 rpm with the manual (339 lb-ft @ 1,600-2,600 rpm with five-speed auto) is what matters
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Posted: 2011/4/30 23:29 Updated: 2011/4/30 23:29
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Build a Diesel Spec Wrangler - Please!
At $34,500 a CRD Wrangler will be a fuel efficient 4 wheel drive Fun Utility Vehicle.
Seriously, has Jeep looked at what types of buyers will actually purchase a diesel?
Sure 25,000 customers purchased Liberty and Grand Cherokee CRD in the US from 2005-2008. . . but those are not really the type to know or care about anything other than MPG.
Many Wrangler owners are very aware of the advantages of diesels, and willing to pay for the option.
MPG certainly will bring many current Wrangler owners back into the showrooms, but just as many repeat buyers will be there for performance, torque, durability, alternative fuels, and increased towing.
Until Jeep releases a diesel Wrangler, I see no good reason to buy another new vehicle. I've just about got my '07 Rubicon Unlimited paid-off and built just the way I like it.
You want me to take-out another $35K loan for a new vehicle in this economy???
You got to show me a diesel, and then I will buy it.
Posted: 2011/4/29 7:47 Updated: 2011/4/29 7:47
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From: Chicago, IL
Re: Autoblog Test Drives European Diesel Jeeps
"If you read enthusiast outlets, a diesel Jeep has been one of the leading wish-list items, well... forever."
Couldn't possibly agree more. This article is spot-on. Chrysler should really sell Jeep and concentrate on cars. This is just ridiculous... for years the buying marked has requested one thing, yet all Chrysler delivers is more car-like interiors and sticker packages.
They're completely oblivious to the wants and needs of their customer base.