• Nov 13th 2007 at 6:04PM
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The price of getting into a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a diesel engine just got a little lower, as Chrysler has expanded the 3.0L oil-burner's availability to the Laredo trim level (with X Package). $35,685 gets you behind the wheel of a 4x2 model, while $38,305 is the price of the 4x4. Either way, the Laredo Diesel seems pretty well-equipped, including SIRIUS satellite radio, power sunroof, remote start, and a host of other features. Additionally, Chrysler has dropped the price of both the Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel and Grand Cherokee Overland Diesel by $1,000. So, now all you need is the will, the means, and residence in any state except CA, NY, CT, ME, VT, MA, PA or RI. For more info on the Grand Cherokee Diesel, check out AutoblogGreen's October review of the SUV. Complete details on the Laredo Diesel availability and the Limited/Overland price drops are in the press release pasted after the jump.
[Source: Chrysler]

Chrysler LLC Expands Jeep® Grand Cherokee Diesel Lineup With 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine on Laredo Model
  • 3.0-liter diesel engine option available on Jeep® Grand Cherokee Laredo X Package
  • $1,000 decrease on 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland models equipped with diesel engine
  • Class-leading torque (376 lb.-ft.) and driving range (450 miles); outstanding towing (7,400 lbs.)
Auburn Hills, Mich., Nov 12, 2007 - In the continuing effort to increase consumer awareness on the benefits of diesel technology, Chrysler LLC has expanded the Jeep® Grand Cherokee diesel lineup to include the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (X Package). Pricing for the diesel engine option also has been reduced by $1,000 on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland models equipped with the class-leading diesel engine.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is $2,585 for 4x2 models and $3,235 for 4x4 models.
The reduced MSRP for the diesel engine on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is $1,655 for 4x2 and 4x4 models and the MSRP for the diesel engine on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 and 4x4 models is $1,010. Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo models equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel engine will begin to arrive at dealerships in late November.

"The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel offers class-leading torque and driving range as well as outstanding towing capacity," said John Plecha, Director-Jeep Brand Marketing and Global Communications. "By expanding engine availability and reducing existing prices, we hope that more consumers will be encouraged to take advantage of this clean, renewable fuel. Chrysler believes that clean diesel technology can and should be a part of the national energy solution, and we will continue to build upon our diesel leadership."

The 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, produces 215 hp (160 kW) at 3,800 rpm, has a class-leading 376 lb.-ft. torque (510 N•m) at 1,600-2,800 rpm and can tow up to 7,400 pounds. The 3.0-liter engine gives the Jeep Grand Cherokee a class-leading driving range of approximately 450 miles and gets an estimated fuel economy of 18 miles/city and 23 miles/highway for 4x2 models and 17 miles/city and 22 miles/highway for 4x4 models. Earlier in the year, the engine earned a spot on Ward's "10 Best Engines" list.

Clean diesel technology improves fuel economy by up to 30 percent and has up to 20 percent lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is available in 42 states, excluding California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Diesel
With an MSRP of $35,685 for 4x2 models and $38,305 for 4x4 models (including $695 destination) the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Diesel (X Package) includes a five-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch aluminum wheels, Quadra-Trac II®*, Sirius Satellite Radio, engine block heater, automatic headlamps, power eight-way driver and four-way passenger seats, automatic dimming rearview mirror, leather-trimmed heated front seats, power adjustable pedals, remote start, power sun roof, adjustable roof rails, side rails, cargo cover and fog lamps. (*4x4 models only)

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel
With an MSRP of $38,315 for 4x2 models and $40,905 for 4x4 models (including destination) the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited CRD includes Sirius Satellite Radio, Quadra-Trac 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 MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System. (*4x4 models only)

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Diesel
With an MSRP of $41,710 for 4x2 models and $45,145 for 4x4 models (including destination) the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland CRD includes a five-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-Drive II*, 18-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, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with navigation and UConnect® hands-free communication system. (*4x4 models only)

The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is manufactured at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is fueled with B5 (5 percent) biodiesel at the assembly plant to help increase the awareness of biodiesel. The Jeep brand also produces a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 engine, which gives customers the ability to use a fuel with an up to 85 percent concentration of ethanol (E85) in their vehicles.

Jeep Brand
The Jeep brand has seven models in the 2008 model year, the most available to retail consumers at one time in its 66-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.


2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Pricing (Includes $695 Destination)*
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 $35,685 (including $2,585 diesel engine option)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 $38,305 (including $3,235 diesel engine option)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 $38,315 (including $1,655 diesel engine option)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 $40,905 (including $1,655 diesel engine option)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 $41,710 (including $1,010 diesel engine option)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 $45,145 (including $1,010 diesel engine option)
*All pricing is for U. S. vehicle only

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      All this ranting and raving about diesels, and I wonder how many people have actually owned or used a diesel every day. Forget to plug it in at night during the winter and the fuel filter gets clogged with gelled fuel. Add expenses with the maintaince costs. A fuel network that's not as broad as gasoline's network. The list goes on.

      I wanted a diesel, right up until I had to deal with one on a daily basis. I'd rather see Chrysler develop a 6 cylinder gas engine with mileage rating that aren't below what I get with my Silverado's V8. I'd love to buy a Wranger, but, it won't happen until it gets better mileage than my truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        We've got a Dodge Megacab Cummins daily driver and I wouldn't trade it for a gasser trucker ever. Gets the same mpg around town as our previous Denali XL (6.0L + AWD + Suburban = crappy mileage), nearly 2x the mpg towing, and better mpg on the highway. And when we bought it diesel prices were $.05-.10 cheaper than 87 octane ('course that's not the case now though...).

        The fuel network may not be as broad as regular gasoline, but we've never had trouble finding a station that carries diesel, even in Vail, Colorado. And the cold temps in Colorado never gave us any trouble with the fuel when we were up there for a ski trip back in February, and we don't have a block heater. We live in TX though, so prolonged cold temps aren't much of a concern for us. 'Maintenance' costs may be more, but you don't have to do it (oil changes, etc) as often, so that's a wash.

        Diesel's aren't right for everyone, but for some of us, they're our ideal idea of a powerplant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just bought a 2008 Jeep Gr.Cherokee Laredo 3.0L Diesel.
      When stopping or backing up and stopping abruptly, you sometimes hear a knock/clunk in the rear of the vehicle. We were told by service that it's the fuel in the tank swishing around and it's making the knocking sound. This usually occurs more when the tank is full to 3/4 full. We were also told that this is "normal" and that we just have to live with it! Has anyone else experienced this knock in the tank?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good theme, i liked.
      I you can find different variations of volume labels and logos.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They do have a decent car The Grand Cherokee as you know the Commander and the 300c. We have all in Australia
      with this motor
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Commander is just a pudgier version of the mediocre Grand Cherokee. The 300, Charger, and Magnum are reasonably good compared to other Chrysler products. However, they do not measure up to competition such as the Infiniti G35 (for sportyness) or the Toyota Avalon (for refinement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good diesel powertrain or not, Jeep needs to get real on pricing. The only way a GC is worth $38,405 is if it has $8,405 in cash sitting in the back seat.

      • 7 Years Ago
      If Jeep were to bless us with a diesel Wrangler, would it be an automatic only or would a manual be an option. I'm really hoping for the diesel, but the automatic could be a bit of a turn off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was psyched about this vehicle right up until I read that you can't purchase one of these in certain states, (I'm from PA). What the heck!? This clean diesel thing puzzles me...Either you can achieve the emissions standards, or you can't. Don't go in between! Honda claims it has a Urea free system with a special catalytic converter, but hasn't brought it to market yet. VW just delayed their Jetta diesels. Mercedes has this Bluetec concept, although that is based on adding Urea to the exhaust. What is so difficult about all of this? Either they have the technology to meet the emissions standards, or they don't. I think they should stop teasing us.
        • 7 Years Ago
        nononononono- wrong thinking- Your state (along with a few others governed by nut-bags) has crazy emission laws. Don't make that my problem. If the car/truck meets EPA spec, its a go. Otherwise, write to your state senator.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It may cost more with laredo crd but it's still $1000 cheaper than a base limited 4.7L and $5000 cheaper than a base overland 5.7L

      Plus 3.0L crd 19mpg city and 23 mpg highway is better than 26.5% city and 21%hwy than the 3.7L 15 city 19 hwy.
      4.7L 14 city 19 & highway & 5.7L 13 city 18 highway.

      ML320CDi gets 19city 24hwy
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.motorbar.co.uk/wrangler07.htm 2007 wrangler 2.8Lcrd 174hp@ 3800rpm 302lb-ft @ 2,000rpm. {UKmpg} article observed 27.2mpg average and advertised
      28.2 mpg average. 21.7 city 13L/100Km/ 33.2mpg highway 8.5L/100km UK mileage.

      http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/car-reviews/car-and-driving/jeep-wrangler-unlimited-lwb-new-1005310.html 2.8L crd 163hp 296lb-ft Sep 2006

      Another rumor page; http://www.topix.com/forum/autos/jeep/TJITF6TS6HDN0GEHF
      "Mar 20, 2007
      my brother's sister-in-law (my sister-out-law) has hands-on confirmation that DC is already putting the 3.0CRD into select test wranglers ... notibly, it will be OFFERED in the '08 jeep unlimited 2 door ... "
      • 7 Years Ago

      Wish the Wrangler would get a diesel.
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