June 2, 2006

Jeep to build diesel-powered 2007 Grand Cherokee

Windsor, Ontario – The Chrysler Group has announced a plan to produce a diesel version of the 2007 Grand Cherokee, which it says is the first diesel-powered, full-size SUV in the U.S. and Canada. The Grand Cherokee CRD will be equipped with a 3.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel and will arrive in Canadian dealerships in the first quarter of 2007.

The new CRD engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, produces 215 hp at 3800 rpm, and 376 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm, with an estimated fuel consumption of 12.4 L/100 km in city driving and 9.4 L/100 km on the highway, with a driving range of approximately 675 km. The diesel option will be available on the Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited and Overland models. It is the second Jeep to offer a diesel option, following the Liberty CRD; more than 11,000 diesel-powered Liberty models have been sold since its introduction in model year 2005.

The 2007 Grand Cherokee will also have an available flexible-fuel-capable 4.7-litre V8 engine, which can run on E-85 (85 per cent ethanol fuel).

The Grand Cherokee CRD will be manufactured in Detroit, with the engine made at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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