|Just in time for the holidays, get your Liberty CRD|
In a speech today during press days at the New England International Auto Show, Jeff Bell, Vice President - Jeep, announced pricing for the 2005 Jeep® Liberty Common Rail Diesel (CRD), the first diesel-powered mid-size sport-utility vehicle in the U.S. The new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine delivers the torque of a V-8, the performance of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine.
The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Jeep Liberty CRD Sport 4x4 is $25,125, including $610 destination. The base MSRP for the Jeep Liberty CRD Limited 4x4 is $27,355, including $610 destination. The Jeep Liberty CRD will begin arriving in dealerships later this year.
"Response to the new Jeep Liberty CRD has been huge," said Bell. "Nearly 40,000 consumers have expressed interest in the diesel-powered Jeep Liberty, well ahead of the manufacturing launch in November. Jeep vehicle owners and prospects understand that the Jeep Liberty CRD is another go-anywhere, do-anything option from Jeep that will help them enjoy their active life-styles."
The Liberty diesel is a technologically advanced powerplant designed to be an efficient, smooth, clean-running engine that produces lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions without sacrificing performance. The engine produces 160 horsepower and gets an estimated fuel economy of 22 miles city and 27 miles highway. The 2.8-liter diesel gives the Liberty best-in-class numbers in three categories: 295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm; driving range of approximately 500 miles, and towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
Production begins at the Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant later this month. Each 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD leaving the factory will be powered by B5 diesel fuel, comprising five percent biodiesel made from Ohio soybeans. Renewable biodiesel fuel reduces dependence on petroleum and lowers emissions, including carbon dioxide.