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The New Jeep® Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel Launches in Canada Starting at $48,750

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRDWindsor, Ontario, Feb 12, 2007 - Chrysler Group announced today its pricing strategy for its first diesel-powered, full-size SUV ever to be offered in Canada. The 2007 Jeep® Grand Cherokee with the Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel engine will start at a suggested retail price of $48,750. The 3.0-litre V-6 engine will be available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited and Overland 4x4 models.

"The evolution of clean diesel technology represents a tremendous value and environmental opportunity for Canadian drivers by improving fuel economy and achieving low emissions levels,"¯ said Reid Bigland, President and Chief Executive Officer of DaimlerChrysler Canada. "With DaimlerChrysler's global leadership in clean diesel technology combined with our Dodge and Jeep products, we believe we can help expand the consumer popularity of diesel technology throughout Canada."¯

The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel tops its competition within the segment with best-in-class torque and fuel economy. It provides an average fuel economy improvement of 30 per cent and a gain of nearly 40 per cent in city driving and under loads such as towing. The vehicle is rated at 24/31 mpg city/hwy (12.0/9.0 L/100km). This bests the competitions' I-5, V-6 and V-8 engines in full-size SUVs. Furthermore, based on the EnerGuide fuel economy rating and annual kilometre accumulation, the improvement in fuel economy equates to annual fuel savings of $630. To help customers determine their actual fuel savings, a calculating tool has been added to www.jeep.ca.

"DaimlerChrysler is a leader in diesel-powered vehicles in Europe and now Canadians will have access to this world-class technology," said Judy Wheeler, Vice President of Marketing for DaimlerChrysler Canada. "Consumers will benefit from improved fuel economy while enjoying the power and performance from an SUV only a Jeep can provide."¯

It's uncommon to have great value when delivering 4x4 leadership, a host of safety features, performance, great towing characteristics and good fuel economy combined in one package, but Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel pricing strategy does just that. The base MSRP is $48,750, and that nets the customer a 3.0-litre Mercedes-Benz V-6 turbo diesel engine in a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo outfitted with heated leather seats, power sunroof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Quadra-Drive II, and standard safety equipment such as Electronic Stability Program and side-curtain air bags. Grand Cherokee Limited with the 3.0-litre engine starts at $53,775. The Overland model starts at $55,805 - just $1,725 over the HEMI-equipped Overland, and that includes the extra $225 value of SIRIUS Satellite Radio. All prices exclude destination charge.

The new 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine produces 215 hp (160 kW) @ 3,800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. torque (510 Nā€¢m) from 1,600 to 2,800 rpm. The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel offers class-leading torque, outstanding towing capacity of 3,266 kilograms (7,200 lbs.) and class-leading driving range of approximately 750 kilometres.

The Quadra-Drive II Jeep 4x4 system combines the NV245 full-time transfer case with Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (ELSD) for best-in-class tractive performance. The system instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to the tires with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will even anticipate low traction and adjust to proactively limit or eliminate slip.

The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel will begin to arrive at Jeep dealerships in March.

Since its introduction in 1992, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has revolutionized the sport-utility market. With best-in-class traction capability, best-in-class power and packed with safety features, the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed, engineered and built to master every imaginable day-to-day driving condition, whether on-road or off-road.

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