Chrysler LLC Expands Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee Diesel Lineup With 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine on Laredo Model -- 3.0-liter diesel engine option available on Jeep(R) 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 /PRNewswire/ -- In the continuing effort
 to increase consumer awareness on the benefits of diesel technology,
 Chrysler LLC has expanded the Jeep(R) 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) @ 3,800 rpm, has a class-leading 376 lb.-ft. torque (510 N*m) @
 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(R)*, 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(R)*, 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(TM) 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(R) rear back-up camera, ParkSense(R) 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(R) 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
 
 

SOURCE Chrysler LLC

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