November 8, 2004

Pricing announced for new diesel-powered Jeep Liberty

Windsor, Ontario – DaimlerChrysler Canada announced pricing for the 2005 Jeep Liberty Common Rail Diesel (CRD). The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Jeep Liberty CRD Sport 4×4 is $32,440. The MSRP for the Jeep Liberty CRD Limited 4×4 is $34,705. The Jeep Liberty CRD will begin arriving in dealerships later this year.

The Liberty CRD is the first diesel-powered mid-size sport-utility vehicle in Canada. Jeep claims the new 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine delivers the torque of a V8, the performance of a V6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine.

“People have been anticipating the arrival of the Jeep Liberty diesel for some time. In fact, 40,000 Canadian and American consumers have already expressed interest in it before its arrival in dealer showrooms,” said Ron Smith, Vice President, Marketing, DaimlerChrysler Canada. “We expect the market to respond quite favourably to Jeep Liberty diesel, especially given the anticipated 30 percent savings in fuel economy.”

The Jeep Liberty diesel produces lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions without sacrificing performance. The engine produces 160 horsepower and gets an estimated fuel economy of 10.5 L/100 km city and 8.0 L/100 km highway. The 2.8-litre diesel gives the Liberty best-in-class numbers in three categories: 295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm; driving range of approximately 805 km, and towing capacity of 2,268 kg.

The 2.8-litre diesel uses an advanced common rail direct injection fuel system. Direct injection of fuel into an open combustion chamber is more efficient than a pre-chamber indirect injection configuration. The system in the 2.8-litre CRD operates at fuel pressures nearly 70 percent above the older distributor pump systems, producing finer atomization, leaner combustion and higher power. At the same time, direct injection provides inherently lower engine-out hydrocarbon exhaust emissions and lower NOx emissions. A high pressure pump driven by the cog belt from the camshaft supplies fuel at up to nearly 24,000 psi. The pump’s electronic control system responds to fuel demand and delivers the optimal fuel pressure, injection timing and injection duration.

“The 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine performs better and releases fewer emissions than previous diesel engines, while delivering reduced NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels,” said Smith.

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