Interesting. thanks for sharing. a diesel could be a good move in certain markets. With goals of 800k, they have to be thinking of expansion of the overseas markets and diesel certainly seems to play well in european market. With the comments about the interior, makes me think that with the intro of the unlimited, the wrangler is kind of becoming what the cherokee used to be, but much more. I just hope they don't take it too much upmarket and have it become something other than what it has always been. For some reason that seems to happen to car/truck models over time. Love the unlimited of course but also love that it is still "all Jeep" if that makes sense...
'06 TJ Golden Eagle; '09 JK Unlimited X. Murfreesboro, TN. GO VOLS!!
don't get me wrong or anything, i love jeep, my jeep and the wrangler...and think that this is a good step for chrysler, but i kinda don't like the idea of everyone out there driving a jeep like me 800k? yiikes that's a lot of jeeps.
kool.. 5 years after the crd is released in the US.. I will still have my TJ and would not mind doing a swap.. especially if they are going to build 800k jeeps.. tons od deisel engines will flood the market..:thumbup
"In the next 14 months the Wrangler will undergo two major improvements, Finkbeiner said. First, the interior of the vehicle while undergo an over-haul. Second, in late 2010 a diesel-fueled Wrangler will be released."
Then I think the next design will have IFS and AWD. I hate to say it but that is the only way they will be able to sell 800,000 jeeps.
I think a diesel jeep would be pretty sweet - having said that would I run out and buy the first run of them, probably not. I would hope they can eek out better than 20mpg though as diesel engines are more expensive and fuel is (at least at current) also more expensive that gas.
Shaggy Dog Story: 4 or 5 years ago, I brought my Durango to the local Chrysler stealer for a couple of maintenance chores. While standing outside of the service shop waiting for the advisor dude, I noticed a new Wrangler with some diesel badges sitting by it's lonesome in the parking lot. I'm a big diesel fan so I went over and took a quick peek at it and the service manager came over to gab with me about my shop work. I asked him about the diesel and he said "All I can tell you is that it's not for sale." End of that discussion.
IF that's the 2010 offering, then it's been tested for awhile...might be a good one.
If it ain't broke, I can fix it.
Why are all the folks that know how to fix everything busy driving taxis or cutting hair?
They've offered them overseas for quite a while now, they just can't pass emissions here is my understanding of it, I believe that's why the CRD liberty went away. I drove a CRD Liberty for a few weeks last year, great to drive, totally different from the gas version.