Chrysler is going diesel again…but in a full-sized SUV.
The auto manufacturer was to announce plans June 1, 2006, to produce it’s Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
The vehicle will arrive on dealers lots by the first quarter of 2007.
Chrysler says the new diesel will give increased fuel economy by as much as 30 per cent and will have a driving range of 675 kilometres. Another selling feature Chrysler is noting is that there will be up to 20 per cent fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
The Mercedes-Benz engine will produce 215hp at 3,800 rpm delivering 376 lb/ft torque. Fuel consumption, says Chrysler is 12.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 9.4 litres per 100 highway kilometres.
Chrysler Group was the first automotive manufacturer in the United States and Canada to offer a mid-size, diesel-powered SUV, the 2005 Jeep Liberty with a 2.8-liter CRD engine.
It moved up in size because of consumer acceptance of the Liberty. It was earlier announced that the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee would have a flex-fuel capable 4.7-litre SOHC V-8 engine, which gives customers the ability to use a fuel with an 85 percent concentration of ethanol (E-85) in their vehicles. Flex-fuel vehicles support renewable sources of fuel and cut back on emissions.
More than 60 percent of Chrysler Group vehicles sold in Western Europe are diesel-powered. Between 2003 and 2007, Chrysler Group will triple the number of diesel offerings outside North America.
Of the estimated 20 vehicles available, 12 or more will have the option for a diesel powertrain (up from four in 2003).