Diesel Grand Cherokee to Meet Emissions in All 50 States with 2009 Models
Date 2007/9/10 9:49:38 | Topic: Grand Cherokee
|Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President of Product Development at Chrysler LLC, recently posted a blog entry where he discusses the future of diesel engines at Chrysler. |
While indicating that adding a diesel option to a vehicle can add $5,000 to the sticker price, he notes that almost a quarter of all American said they'd be interested in one. He also mentions that the average consumer would pay up to $1,500 to get one, so there's quite a gap there.
About the Grand Cherokee CRD (Common Rail Diesel), he notes:
Our current U.S. diesel lineup includes Dodge Sprinter, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty. Our BLUETEC Ram Heavy Duty, with a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, meets 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty pickups for all 50 states – three years early!
In addition to the Ram Heavy Duty, Dodge will introduce an all-new Cummins turbodiesel engine in the Ram 1500 after 2009. This new engine will also meet emissions standards in all 50 states. Along with great power and low-end torque, this new engine will provide up to 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and up to a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to an equivalent gasoline engine.
Here’s another preview of things to come: Starting in model year 2009, the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will meet emissions standards in all 50 states, making it another clean-diesel BLUETEC vehicle from Chrysler.