Jeep CEO Mike Manley is betting on the success of a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee to make the case for an oil-burner in the brand’s iconic model. AUSTIN, TX – Jeep enthusiasts waiting to see a diesel engine under the Wrangler’s hood will have to be patient just a little longer. “Wrangler is on the radar to get (a) diesel,” Jeep President and CEO Mike Manley tells WardsAuto at a drive here of the new Grand Cherokee diesel and other models. “Remember we’re also going through the product change of Wrangler for 2015-16. That will probably be the right time to introduce the diesel into that vehicle. “I’m confident that the Grand Cherokee will show just how large a demand there is for diesel, and I think what that will do is reinforce the need for us to target Wrangler as a vehicle that can take a diesel.” The Grand Cherokee SUV and Ram 1500 pickup both will offer diesel powertrains this year, as will the new-for-’14 Ram ProMaster. The move to improve fuel economy in the wake of toughening U.S. fleet fuel-economy standards has paved the way for more diesel offerings in the U.S. and could make Wrangler a prime candidate for such an engine. Manley has been fielding questions from Jeep enthusiasts about the potential of a Wrangler diesel since assuming the top spot at Jeep. “I try and stay as close to social media as I can, because ultimately it has to mean something,” he says of […]
2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited Diesel – Exterior and Interior Walkaround – 2012 Paris Auto Show – 2012 Mondial de
Atop the wish list for many Jeep Wrangler owners is one simple request: build our beloved, go-anywhere SUV with a diesel engine option. Not only would a diesel Wrangler offer up greater fuel economy on road, but it would deliver an extended range off-road, too, presenting a win-win scenario for hardcore off-roaders. As The Detroit Free Press points out, a diesel Wrangler may soon be a reality, but there’s still one final hurdle to clear. To justify the expansion of Jeep’s diesel product offerings, first the new diesel-powered Grand Cherokee must prove to be a commercial success. The Grand Cherokee diesel uses a Fiat-sourced 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, rated at 240 horsepower and a stump-pulling 420 pound-feet of torque. On the highway, the diesel version will deliver up to 32 mpg, a gain of 9 mpg over the gasoline-powered 3.6-liter V-6 Grand Cherokee, or 11 mpg better than the current 3.6-liter Jeep Wrangler. While there’s no doubt that a 30+ mpg Wrangler would have appeal, it’s not clear if buyers would be willing to shell out the additional cost that the diesel engine dictates. That’s why Jeep is using the more expensive Grand Cherokee as a barometer to gauge customer interest in diesels. If you want a Jeep Wrangler diesel, then, it’s in your best interest to convince all your neighbors to buy Jeep Grand Cherokee diesels, and preferably as soon as they hit dealerships.
Photos Courtesy of Bruce “Honeybadger” Dorn. By now every Jeep enthusiast under the sun has begged Jeep to bring us a diesel option for the JK Wrangler- they offer great fuel economy, increased torque, and better reliability. It’s not even that they don’t produce a diesel Jeep- they do. It’s just for the european market only. Yesterday, on our way to Detroit with Expeditions 7, we ran into two European specification diesel Wranglers being tested, could this be a sign of things to come for the US market? A sky shot perhaps? Or is it just Jeep testing a better product to ship elsewhere? From what we could tell on the highway the vehicles (a two door and a four door) were left hand drive, and featured soft upper doors, “Euro Spec Diesel” markings, as well as a CRD badge.
Figured we could share the beginning a new project, and would like to update our progress with you guys. As many of you may know, we have been avid Jeep enthusiasts for many years, and have been in the performance diesel market for even longer… We have decided to take two of our biggest passions, and turn them into our latest project. The basics of the build will involve installing a 12 valve Cummins out of a ’97 extended cab long box 2500 Dodge pick up, into a stretched 2007 4 door JK unlimited. The end result will be a full 4 door JK with a pick up box. There are many different options for a build like this and we are in the early stages of development at this time. We feel that this Jeep will be something a little different, but really cool and appeal to both our Jeep and Diesel enthusiasts.