February 13, 2007

Jeep announces price of 2007 Grand Cherokee diesel model

Windsor, Ontario – The Chrysler Group has announced the launch of its first diesel-powered full-size SUV offered in Canada, the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will start at $48,750. The Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre V6 common-rail turbo diesel engine will be available in the Laredo, Limited and Overland 4×4 models.

The Grand Cherokee 3.0-litre Diesel engine provides an average fuel economy improvement of 30 per cent, and a gain of nearly 40 per cent in city driving and under loads such as towing. Its advertised rating of 9.0/12.0 L/100 km city/highway bests competitors’ inline five-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines in full-size SUVs, according to the company, and based on EnerGuide fuel economy ratings and annual kilometre accumulation equates to an annual fuel savings of $630.

Pricing starts at $48,750 for the Laredo, with heated leather seats, sunroof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Quadra-Drive II, electronic stability program and side curtain airbags. The Overland model starts at $55,805, which is $1,725 more than a Hemi-equipped Overland.

The new diesel engine produces 215 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, a towing capacity of 3,266 kg (7,200 lbs) and a driving range of approximately 725 km. The vehicles will reach dealerships in March.

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