Jeep was one of the first major brands to release a diesel vehicle in the wake of new clean diesel fuel with last year’s 3.0-liter V-6 diesel in Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland trims. For 2008, the company will add the power plant to the Laredo X packages and drop the price on the existing diesel trims by $1,000.
The V-6 diesel engine gets 18/23 mpg city/highway in 4X2 models and 17/22 mpg in 4X4 models, versus the standard V-6 gasoline engines’ 15/20 and 15/19 mpg, respectively. Of course, with 376 pounds-feet of torque, the diesel could also be compared to the V-8 Grand Cherokee, which has 375 pounds-feet of torque and sucks down unleaded at a clip of 13/19 and 13/18 mpg for 4X2 and 4X4 models, respectively. The diesel also tows 7,600 pounds, versus the V-8’s 7,400 rating. While the diesel does have improved emissions, it does not meet the strict requirements of eight states including California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. We’re unsure if that makes it truly a clean diesel or not.
Full pricing is below.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Pricing (includes $695 destination charge)*
- 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)