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Old 09-16-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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2013 Grand Cherokee diesel

Lot's of buzz on a 2013 diesel GC. Appears to be the same 3.o TDi engine used in the BMW, Audi, Porsche and VW. Will be built in Michigan...hiring 1100 workers.

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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Car and Driver had a small mention in the last issue. I asked at a large dealer and they know nothing about it. Although a salesman told me it would most likely be an optional engine. Something in the line of $7300 extra like the Dodge trucks.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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We have 3.0L diesel Cherokees in Canada already... they are running the Mercedes mill. I think they killed it a couple years ago, so maybe the successor will be different. I guess they don't have to stick with the Mercedes partnership anymore...
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For the re-birth of the Grand Wagonner in 2014, I read that it was going to be the Fiat 3.0 used in Europe. here is the quote an dlink;
Spyshots: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Facelift - autoevolution

"In the US, the biggest change under the grille is the confirmed arrival of the first diesel - the 3.0-liter turbo V6 that’s sold in the European model. This is sourced from Fiat-owned VM Motori and should offer somewhere around 240 horsepower."


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What I have read is that the Diesel won't show up until the first quarter of 2013, and they will call it a 2014 model, which is probably why the dealer hasn't heard about it yet... Apparently they were waiting for a new 8 speed transmission to become available.

Here one such link, search google for 2014 grand cherokee diesel for lots of information.

News: 2014? Grand Cherokee CRD (corrected)
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #6
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If this is the same engine as used in Mercedes (I think it is or very similar) then it'll probably make a wonderful tow vehicle based on Airstreamers using the Mercedes GL Blueline models.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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We tow our 1990 29ft Squarestream with an 2010 Merc Sprinter V-6 diesel Passenger Van. Great platform to tow with. Lots of room with two out of three rows of seats removed for cargo, remaining 3 seater row seat for the dogs to sit on behind the cockpit seats. Solo, up to 24.3 mpg, and we got 12.5-15mpg towing. If US car makers want to increase their cafe' ratings, diesel or diesel hybrids are the way to go, not gas hybrids.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #8
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I've read that the 2014 GC Diesel, to be introduced mid-2013, will have an Italian 3.0 diesel, rated at 407 ft lbs torque (vs the 370 for the Mercedes 3.0 CRD in my 08 GC which is plenty for towing our FC23FB). That, with the 8 speed auto trans and the improvements from 2012 (3" longer, air suspension etc.) should make for a really nice tow vehicle with fine fuel economy. It will likely take me away from my 08 GC CRD.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Im sure itll be like diesel trucks...

The Grand Cherokee itself will be affordable, the diesel engine Grand Cherokee will costs out the hiney! No point in making something fuel efficent if no one can afford it
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Im sure itll be like diesel trucks...

The Grand Cherokee itself will be affordable, the diesel engine Grand Cherokee will costs out the hiney! No point in making something fuel efficent if no one can afford it
There is a pretty wide range of "what's affordable" around here. A brand-new 27' A/S and brand-new Mercedes 350 isn't unknown by any means (the relative price equivalent).

Then there are those of us who prefer 3-year old TV's and even older TT's due to calculations about depreciation and the desire to upgrade the TT in some substantive ways ($20k-plus). The TV itself might also be in for $10k of changes by the owner. It is just as hard to tell from this approach what is affordable as it is about more than a monthly note (which some of have not ever had in re TT's, sometimes even TV's).

One might read up on insured values to see where this approach has its "faults", but it is balanced against use (nights aboard).

Plenty of ways to skin the cat as not all of us travel only for recreation.

The diesel GC looks good to me also from this perspective (in a few years).


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I see your point but if moneys not that much of an issue, then why not get a real diesel and buy a 3.4 ton? Grand Cherokees arnt known for a cadillac-like ride and 3/4 tons are sure a far fetch from it too. And if theyre gonna cost anything more than $40,000, might as well pay a few bucks more and get a diesel truck. Besides, does anyone know what the payload will be? Might not be feasable to buy one to haul an AS if your gonna max out the payload.

Of course Im speaking mostly from my opinion so I am biased. Not tryin to stir up an argument
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I see your point but if moneys not that much of an issue, then why not get a real diesel and buy a 3.4 ton? Grand Cherokees arnt known for a cadillac-like ride and 3/4 tons are sure a far fetch from it too. And if theyre gonna cost anything more than $40,000, might as well pay a few bucks more and get a diesel truck. Besides, does anyone know what the payload will be? Might not be feasable to buy one to haul an AS if your gonna max out the payload.

Of course Im speaking mostly from my opinion so I am biased. Not tryin to stir up an argument
My 'real diesel' 08 Grand Cherokee Overland (Mercedes 3.0 CRD, 7200 lbs tow capacity, 82K miles with 16,570 mi towing) just delivered 16.2 avg mpg towing our 5673 lb. FC23FB from Durango to Great Sand Dunes NP & return, a route that includes Wolf Creek Pass. The GC is a great ride, and once uncoupled, can take on whatever off-road adventure we choose. We've already decided that the 2014 GC Diesel will be our next TV.

Experience-based opinion.
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Experience is always better than opinions lol. I actually like the idea of a diesel powered SUV thats not an Excursion, but the only scary part is what the price will be. Did you buy your '08 new?
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I see your point but if moneys not that much of an issue, then why not get a real diesel and buy a 3.4 ton? Grand Cherokees arnt known for a cadillac-like ride and 3/4 tons are sure a far fetch from it too. And if theyre gonna cost anything more than $40,000, might as well pay a few bucks more and get a diesel truck. Besides, does anyone know what the payload will be? Might not be feasable to buy one to haul an AS if your gonna max out the payload.

Of course Im speaking mostly from my opinion so I am biased. Not tryin to stir up an argument
We spend six months a year traveling about the country, unhooking our Airstream for weeks or months at a time, and exploring, visiting friends, seeing the sites, and going to the grocery store. I can't imagine anything less convenient and more miserable for these daily driver chores than a 3/4 ton "real diesel" pickup. Not to mention the poor handling characteristics of "real diesels" that I don't enjoy. Nor do we want to end up like so many retirees with "real diesels" going down the road, me and my diesel/trailer combo and Mrs. following in the family sedan. That's why not for me.

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