Road Test: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Take a look at Motorweek’s review of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.  I’ve always been a great fan of the turbo-diesel.  I’ve also been a fan of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I always wondered why Jeep never put a diesel into one.  Then one day,  I stumbled into a used car listing for a diesel Grand Cherokee from the late 00’s.  They made it for just one year.

Until now.

Here’s a link to Car and Driver’s review of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.  What gets me is that it took the Italians buying Chrysler to get their heads on straight about turbo diesels in SUV’s.  For some reason, the article leaves me thinking that Jeep would have no problem continuing to plunk big 6-cylinders and 8-cylinder engines into the vehicle, while the Euros continue to erode their market share.  Even the review reflects a different tone for American ears:

“…ceramic glow plugs so quick to heat up they might well consign mentions of glow plugs to history….At idle, this Grand Cherokee further puts to rest old stereotypes about diesel engines. Although the EcoDiesel emits the typical compression-ignition clatter, it’s no louder or intrusive than is the V-8, even from the outside…”

 

Clearly written for those with heads still stuck in the 70’s.  I don’t get it.  More torque, more oomph off the line, significantly higher gas mileage.  Or you can listen to the crowd that thinks stopping at the gas station every 2 hours is an American birthright.

Interested?  I’ve built one at the Jeep site.  Not cheap, but less expensive than an Audi Q5 TDI, or ML 320 BlueTec.  However, if you had the opportunity to pay the same money for a certified used Audi or Merc, it’s a no-brainer to choose a German.  Anyway, click here for the pdf of the vehicle I built.

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