Sunday, March 26, 2006

Is a Jeep Commander Diesel Coming to America?

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.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I sure hope DC has the sense to bring a diesel Commander here to the States soon. I would be one of the first in line to buy one if they do.

Anonymous said...

I'll be second in line.

Anonymous said...

Third

Anonymous said...

fourth... but it looks like they are putting it in the cherokee first... oh well. My 95 diesel suburban lives to ride another day. NOT that I would ever get rid of her!

Jonathan said...

I saw one this morning on the road.

Ronan Donohoe said...

My wife has the diesel Commander here in Dublin, Ireland where in fact Jeep have dropped the gas/petrol versions due to terrible sales (not surprising with our fuel prices!). The diesel version has great pickup and is quick on the motorway and around town, and even with my lead foot gets 21mpg in town driving, which is not too bad at all!

CGS cat back exhaust said...

This engine has lots of potential. It will give distinguishable performance.