Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming to Dealerships Next Month
March 28, 2013 9:33 AM
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Diesel power is on the table for other Jeep vehicles
Back in February of 2013, Chrysler
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.
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3/28/2013 4:36:53 PM
That engine was indeed a turd, primarily because GM cut corners by using a gasoline engine block to build a diesel. You can't do that, as a diesel engine operates at much higher pressures; you need an engine block that is designed from the beginning to be a diesel. GM learned this the hard way.
VW, on the other hand, also decided to offer diesel engines in the 1970's, but they did exactly the opposite - they designed a block for a diesel, and to save costs, they used the same block for their gasoline engines. Had GM gone this route, they never would have had the problems they did.
As for Americans not buying diesels because of the GM 5.7 from the 70's, that argument is getting almost geriatric. Most who was old enough to buy a brand new car in the 70's are senior citizens today. Not many people younger than 60 remember that GM disaster engine. Americans don't buy diesels today, because we don't have much choice in the matter.
VW and Mercedes are the only options for several decades now. Only recently has BMW and Jeep jumped into the American Diesel market. If you could buy a Ford Explorer, F-150, Toyota Camry and Accord, etc. with a diesel, it would catch on very quickly. It's a niche market right now. Not to mention that diesel isn't advertised here. Of the VW and Mercedes TV commercials, how many of them have made mention of their diesels? Few or none. Americans don't buy diesels, because Americans don't know about them. They market and advertise the crap out of anything with a "Hybrid" badge on it, so that's what people buy.
3/28/2013 5:15:43 PM
GM's 6.2 also had problems but hey 1980's GM
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