Autoblog Test Drives European Diesel Jeeps

Date 2011/4/29 6:11:42 | Topic: Wrangler

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

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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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