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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 Manch on 3/28/2013 12:41:58 PM , Rating: 1
I'd hardly call Chrysler American anymore. Other than the wrangler and Ram series, do they even have a platform that's not ripped from elsewhere? The 300/charger/challenger is a warmed over merc e-class chasis from a decade ago. There new Cherokee is the same platform as the dart which they got from Fiat. The only thing Chrysler does is reskinn them, add a crap drive train and shoddy interior.
The Wrangler has always been an exception to the to the rule w/Chryslers.
Even the Ram hasn't seen a decent chasis update in a while.

Ford and Chevy do a much better job on their vehicles. Hell, Chevy still isn't paying taxes so that probably helps.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Argon18 on 3/28/2013 12:48:44 PM , Rating: 5
Not only is Chevy not paying taxes, but they were also allowed to write off $Billions in tax-payer bailout dollars as part of their restructuring. When GM claims they "paid back" their gov't loans, it's an outright lie. What they mean, is they've paid back the loans they received after the restructuring. The $Billions they received before, was all written off as a loss. Of course the GM executives all walked away with 10's of Millions in bonuses.

When you buy GM, you're paying twice for your vehicle. Once at the dealer, and again in your income taxes. Don't fund piss poor senior management and corrupt Union thugs. Don't buy GM products!

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Manch on 3/29/2013 4:10:51 AM , Rating: 1
I don't buy GM, only Fords or Subarus. While but some of their vehicles are still decent, and some even lust worthy, I refuse to buy GM because of all of that.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By marvdmartian on 3/28/2013 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Let's just hope that the next generation Wrangler, that they allude to in this article, doesn't end up being the atrocious POS that their new "Cherokee" is looking to be! Someone at Chrysler should hang their head in shame for that thing!!

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Manch on 3/29/2013 4:07:00 AM , Rating: 2
The way they're going, it'll probably be a unibody also...

I think I hit a few nerves with the Dodge fans lol!

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Mr Perfect on 3/29/2013 12:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, the new Cherokee is unibody?

RE: Another peice of trash...
By JediJeb on 3/29/2013 8:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm the old cherokee xj from 84-01 is unibody also. But this new one is horrendous. Even in their marketing they boast about better on-road performance. People bought the XJs more for off-road performance than on-road. What was Chrysler thinking.

RE: Another peice of trash...
By Manch on 3/31/2013 6:10:49 AM , Rating: 2
I know they were unibody, but the XJ's were pretty stout, and it didn't take too much reinforcement for some serious off roading. Even still they were a compromise compared to the older Cherokees. The Wrangler on the other hand has stayed body on frame. I'm worried Chrysler will turn it into a unibody. That would destroy the wrangler.

They're ruining every other car they have. Ram with Air suspension? da fuq?

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