After the good reception given to the 2.8L CRD 4 cylinder Turbo-Diesel Jeep Liberty, the folks at Jeep may already be considering offering a Diesel Commander in the States, equipped with the 3.0L CRD V6 Diesel powerplant currently offered in the European Commander. Last week, the rumor mill had it that a couple of Commanders with a Diesel engine had been seen around the Detroit area, apparently undergoing testing.
This is what DaimlerChrysler has to say about the V6 Diesel:
"The all-new 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine is a “next-generation” power unit from the DaimlerChrysler Group producing class-leading levels of power and torque, with good fuel economy. With Bosch high-pressure fuel injection (2000+ bar), a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder, the new engine meets Euro 4 emissions standards without a diesel particulate filter. Maximum power is 160 kW (218 hp DIN) and peak torque is 510 N•m (376 lb.-ft.) from just 1800 rpm. "
I believe this engine would be a much welcome option in the Commander, and it would be interesting to see if the Jeep folks have the good sense to make it available shortly. Stay tuned.