• Jan 23rd 2007 at 1:02PM
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We know for sure that in a couple of years the U.S. market will have more diesel options than it's had in a very long time. They'll be powerful, efficient and clean diesels, different in every way from the ones you remember during the Reagan era. DaimlerChrysler is poised to enjoy having the broadest lineup of diesel engines available across its many brands in the coming years, and one of the first that's 50-state legal is the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD, pricing for which was released today. To refresh your memory, the GC CRD's V6 is the same 3.0-liter diesel developed by Mercedes-Benz and used in many of that brand's products. It produces 215 horsepower and a stout 376 ft-lbs. of torque. For comparison's sake, the GC's available 5.7-liter V8 produces more horsepower at 330, but falls behind the 3.0-liter V6 CRD in torque with 375 ft-lbs. No doubt it will also far behind the CRD engine in fuel economy, which promises 20 city/25 highway for 4x2 models and 20/24 for 4x4 models.

Below you'll find the pricing of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD, with the prices of comparable gas-powered models included, as well. The official press release from Jeep can be found after the jump.

Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Limited 4x2 $38,475 (including $695 destination)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 $35,425

Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Limited 4x4 $41,715 (including $695 destination)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 $38,015

Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Overland 4x2 $41,960 (including $695 destination)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 $39,950

Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Overland 4x4 $45,395 (including $695 destination)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 $43,385

[Source: Jeep]


Chrysler Group Announces Pricing for the New 2007 Jeep® Grand Cherokee CRD

  • Full-size, diesel-powered sport-utility vehicle for under $39,000
  • Up to 30 percent improvement in fuel economy and 20 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions
  • Class-leading torque and driving range (450 miles); outstanding towing

Washington, D.C., Jan 23, 2007 - Chrysler Group announced today at the Washington Auto Show pricing for its first diesel-powered, full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to be offered in the United States. The 2007 Jeep® Grand Cherokee with a 3.0-liter common rail turbo diesel (CRD) engine will begin to arrive at Jeep dealerships in March.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited CRD will begin at $38,475, including $695 destination. The 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine will be available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland 4x2 and 4x4 models.

"The Chrysler Group is leading the way to bring the advantages of diesel to various U.S. vehicle segments," said Tom LaSorda, President and CEO, Chrysler Group. "Chrysler Group will continue to build upon our diesel leadership in the years to come. We believe that clean diesel technology can and should be a part of the national energy solution. It's crucial that our country's policymakers set regulations that encourage a diversity of approaches to reducing our dependence on oil."

The new 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, produces 215 hp (160 kW) @ 3,800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. torque (510 N•m) @ 1,600-2,800 rpm and gets an estimated fuel economy of 20 miles city and 25 miles highway for 4x2 models and 20 miles city and 24 miles highway for 4x4 models. Most recently, the engine earned a spot on "Ward's 10 Best Engines" list.

The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD offers class-leading torque, outstanding towing capacity (7,400 pounds), and class-leading driving range of approximately 450 miles. Clean diesel technology also improves fuel economy by up to 30 percent and has up to 20 percent fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited CRD
With an MSRP of $38,475 for 4x2 models and $41,715 for 4x4 models (including destination) the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited CRD includes Sirius Satellite Radio, Quadra-Drive II®*, five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch aluminum wheels, memory system (seats, mirrors, pedals, etc.), air conditioning with dual-zone automatic temperature control, rain sensitive windshield wipers, premium leather seats, SmartBeam headlamps, tire pressure monitor, engine block heater, and AM/FM/six-disc CD/MP3 radio. (*4x4 models only)

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland CRD
With an MSRP of $41,960 for 4x2 models and $45,395 for 4x4 models (including destination) the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland CRD includes a five-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-Drive II*, 17-inch chrome clad wheels, ParkView rear back-up camera, ParkSense® rear back-up system, skid plates*, trailer tow package, tow hooks*, engine block heater, Sirius Satellite Radio, DVD-based AM/FM/six-disc CD/MP3 navigation radio and UConnect® hands-free communication system. (*4x4 models only)

"The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will offer excellent performance, increased fuel economy, class-leading torque, towing and a driving range of 450 miles – the equivalent of driving from Washington D.C. to Boston," said Craig Love, Vice President--Rear-Wheel-Drive Product Team, Chrysler Group. "Unlike past experiences Americans may have had with diesel engines 20 years ago, the 3.0-liter CRD available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is engineered to be a smooth-running, quiet, clean engine. Consumers may forget that they are driving a diesel vehicle."

The Jeep brand also announced last year that the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee would have a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 engine, which gives customers the ability to use a fuel with an 85 percent concentration of ethanol (E85) in their vehicles. Flex-fuel vehicles support renewable sources of fuel and reduce emissions. The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues Chrysler Group's commitment to alternative fuels and technology.

More than 60 percent of the Chrysler Group vehicles sold in Western Europe are diesel powered. Between 2003 and 2007, the 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).

The Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD will be manufactured at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD will be fueled with B5 (5 percent) biodiesel at the assembly plant to help increase the awareness of biodiesel. The 3.0-liter V-6 CRD engine is built at the Mercedes-Benz Berlin Marienfelde Plant in Berlin, Germany.

Jeep Brand
The Jeep brand has seven models in the 2007 model year, the most available to retail consumers at one time in its 65-year history.

The expansion of the Jeep brand has taken place in just two years. At the start of 2004, the brand's trio of tough, capable, rugged SUVs included the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America) and the icon of the brand, the Jeep Wrangler.

In 2005, the Jeep Commander was introduced. In 2006, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler was unveiled. Also debuting in 2006 were three more all-new Jeep vehicles: Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD Pricing
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 $38,475 (including $695 destination)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 $41,715 (including $695 destination)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 $41,960 (including $695 destination)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 $45,395 (including $695 destination)

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      the switch to the low sulfur diesel is part of the reason, and it seems that refiners are double dipping: taking up the tax incentives and sticking the production costs to the consummers as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #21 Doesn't your diesel give you better overall fuel economy than a comparable powered gasoline engine?

      I thought this was one of several benefits a diesel engine provided...better fuel economy. Pay more per gallon of fuel but drive more miles on each gallon than you could on a gallon of gasoline with an equally(as close to it as possible)powered gasoline engine.
      If not, I may change my future plans to buy a diesel engine.

      If I remeber correctly, diesel fuel used to be substantially lower in price than regular gasoline but it passed gasoline prices a few years ago. I have no idea why but would be interested to know.Surely someone will know. Maybe the cuurent fuel undergoes a more highly refining process than the d fuel of some years ago. Maybe the fuel companies just decided to stick it to the majority of drivers that have to buy diesel fuel....the truckers.

      Wonder if price of diesel fuel will increase as the number of diesel powered automobiles increase? The oil companies will probably come up with some lame reason if it does go up in price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The same CRD in the Grand Cherokee will be used in the 2008 VW Touareg. If you think the GC is over priced check out the T-reg. The GC and T-reg are close in size, weight, options etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Indeed the Europeans are way ahead of the USA with diesel technology. More than 60 percent of their passenger vehicles are highly fuel efficient diesels.
      I have high praise for Jeep and their new Common Rail Diesel 3.0 power plant. Unfortunately they haven't figured out that the American car/suv buyers are ready for new diesel technology NOW, but are not willing to pay high $30K low $40K for it.
      Offer the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with the CRD 3.0L at the $25K range and they will sell everything they can make and still make a decent profit.
      Put the same CRD 3.0L in Daimler/Chrysler passenger vehicles and they will sell out too.
      Put a broad spectrum of fuel efficient diesels in American car market and watch a new revolution blossom.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I feel better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My wife picked this car for a test drive. She told me to take the CRD for a test drive. I didn't know anything about this car. When I floored it, it took-off like a V8. It sounded "gruntly"!! I asked my wife what motor it had!!! I didn't believe her when she said it had a 3 ltr diesel. I thought diesels would be "gut-less" with no power as I would never buy a diesel motor!! BUT WOW!! I owned a 2004 Holden 245kw V8 SS so knew this CRD had some "punch"!!!
      I bought one and love it!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      ^^^^ LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I'll get this into my database by tomorrow morning. Thanks for the heads up."

      Oh thank god. I dont know what we'd all do if it wasn't in the database no one looks at. But don't let that stop your self-promotion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To clear some things up, DCX is only offering the CRD in the G Cherokee Limited and Overlands because it is in severly limited supply. I wouldn't expect more than a few thousand for the 2007 model year. The Liberty CRD was built mostly in the Sport model, much to the dismay of consumers (and dealers). The limiteds sold immediately, the sports sat much longer. DCX won't make the same mistake. Plus, they can make more money on the high-ends. It makes perfect sense to only offer the CRD in the high-end models if they the CRD is in limited supply.
      • 8 Years Ago
      pbrown, which costs you more per mile to operate? thats a better point of view than $/gal. so, diesel is 10% more expensive at the pump than petrol, but if you are getting more than 10% greater efficiency with the diesel, its still worth it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Accordsforall why attack TOM? You must have some incredible abilities to read a simple comment and deduce he has no need for an SUV. I think he had a valid point. DCX may attract more customers if they included it as an option in the base model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forgot to mention that the CRD info has been added.

      I don't think there's anywhere else on the Internet where you can configure a Grand Cherokee CRD.

      One note: the $3,500 rebate will likely be smaller or nonexistent on the CRD, but until this is clear my site applies it to the CRD.
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