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 7:41:16 PM
My dad bought a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme sedan with a diesel. It was the WORST decision of this life. We broke down many times on the highway because of that POS. But he didn't give up on diesel ownership. He later bought a 1983 GMC conversion van with a diesel 6.2 liter. It lasted for 14 years and 300k miles with just two transmission replacements. Nothing else major done, not even electronic wise.
But that 70s GM diesel was crap because it wasn't designed from the ground up as a diesel. It was a gas engine design they converted to a diesel. And as anyone who knows diesels knows, the are very different from the bottom end up. Hope those GM idiots back in the 70s were fired.
3/29/2013 6:42:11 AM
It actually is a myth that GM just tried to convert their gasoline smallblock into a diesel. The block in the 5.7 diesel was designed to be a diesel but GM still had absolutely no clue what they were doing.
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