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Diesel power is on the table for other Jeep vehicles

Back in February of 2013, Chrysler announced that it would be putting a V-6 turbodiesel under the hood of its Ram 1500 pickup truck this year. Diesel engines have been part of the heavy-duty line of Ram pickup trucks for many years, but light-duty line is finally getting some love.

Chrysler is now spreading the V6 diesel to some of its other brands, including Jeep. Word has surfaced that a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee will land in showrooms next month. Chrysler is forecasting that anywhere from 10 to 15% of Grand Cherokee SUVs sold will be diesel-powered.

"We may well have under called it," said Jeep brand Chief Mike Manley. "We know that some of the German import brands have done a good job in terms of making diesel mainstream again."

Manley also admitted that Jeep is considering adding diesel-power to some of its other vehicles, including the incredibly popular Wrangler.

"In Wrangler, the question (of diesel) is more compelling because it helps with some of the capability attributes of that vehicle. Probably not in this generation Wrangler, probably next generation Wrangler," he said. "In the other vehicles, I think it's going to be a matter of just seeing how much demand is there. I think it will be there but there's nothing like the market to confirm that."

However, Manley did say that before any decisions are made on other diesel-powered Jeep vehicles, the company wants to see how well the Grand Cherokee diesel is received by the public.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: Another peice of trash...
By Reflex on 3/28/2013 12:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2006 Liberty CRD and its been fantastic. I am at 115k miles and I have had a grand total of $500 in repairs that were not wear related items.

Also you are incorrect about the powertrain, it uses the transmission from the RAM 1500 and most of the connective parts. There was a recall on the 2005 model about the torque converter that fixed that, my guess is that you never got that recall done and were going to third party shops who were not aware of it.

Great vehicle, and the GC diesel is my likely upgrade.

Oh, and my fuel economy has been awesome.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By KingofL337 on 3/28/2013 2:21:52 PM , Rating: 3
Nope, I went to the local dealer, I wasn't the only one. The CRD form on jeepforms constantly had people complaining about these cars and loosing the torque converter.

You probably had a detuned version from the start, also have you ever used it to tow even something small? I was only pulling a two place snowmobile trailer but still it shouldn't have had so many issues. It doesn't matter if the tranny was from the 1500 or the Liberty they were designed for the underpowered 3.7v6. Either way, the torque converter, tranny, and rear end should have been specially built for a diesel. Diesels make torque down low and can cause the converter, and bands in the tranny to slip under low rpm conditions due to insufficient hydraulic pressure.

Honestly, if it was only the torque converter, I would have installed a custom built unit. But it wasn't.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Lord 666 on 3/28/2013 2:57:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why didn't you get a 08 - 10 Cherokee CRD then as most of the drive train were MB.

Looking forward to seeing this and the other diesels at the NYC auto show this weekend. Now only if some manufacturer made a reliable diesel minivan.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Reflex on 3/28/2013 3:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly you had a lemon. That happens. I towed a loaded trailer back and forth through the Rockies repeatedly, and it handled it just fine. A rancher friend of mine wanted to buy it off me after they used it to tow some stuff and were surprised at how well it performed.

Sorry you had such a bad experience, but its a great little vehicle.

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