Chrysler’s 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (Common Rail Diesel), the first diesel-powered mid-size SUV in the U.S. market, has gotten off to a strong sales start, with some 3,000 units sold by the end of May.
The Liberty began phasing into showrooms in January; sales of 3,000 CRD units through May represents some 4.4% of the total 68,824 Liberty units sold in the first five months of the year.
Chrysler is pleased. The Liberty CRD was a test of the US market’s attitude toward diesel, and the company has shipped more than 6,000 units to dealers—a number higher than the company had expected to produce all year. Turn time on the Liberty CRD is an average 23 days—about one-third the typical time.
The 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, equipped with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder, turbo common-rail diesel engine, offers 22% better fuel economy compared to comparable gasoline-powered Liberty (3.7-liter, V-6 engine).
VM Motori provides the engine, an enhanced version of the four-cylinder diesel engine currently offered on this vehicle in Europe. VM Motori is owned in part by Detroit Diesel, a DaimlerChrysler company. VM has been supplying the Chrysler Group diesel engines since 1992 for minivans and Jeep products sold in Europe.
The 2.8-liter CRD engine delivers 160 hp (120 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque at 1,800 rpm, with 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.
Chrysler Group is extending the warranty on diesel engines in all 2006 model year vehicles; the Diesel Engine Limited Warranty covers engine parts and components up to five years or 100,000 miles.
Each new Jeep Liberty CRD leaving the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio is filled with B5 biodiesel (5% biodiesel blend).