No Stop-Start Diesel Wrangler After All

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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no stop start diesel wrangler after all

When we first saw the slide pictured above at Chrysler’s five-year plan, we jumped on it as the only seemingly positive bit of news coming out of that deeply depressing 7-hour presentation. We should have known better. Today Chrysler is reminding us why it always pays to be cynical about everything that comes out of the mouths and powerpoint slides of our friends in the industry: buying into the hype always makes you look like an idiot down the road. Jeep CEO Michael Manley brings the inevitable letdown to the Toledo Blade.

We have no plans at the moment for diesel Jeeps in North America, although one of the things I’ve learned in this business is to never say never. I wouldn’t rule it out, but specifically on Nov. 4, we were commenting on diesel in Europe.

But hey, there will be more special edition Wranglers!

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  • William C Montgomery William C Montgomery on Jan 15, 2010

    This is asinine, every Jeep should be a diesel. However, I don't understand the need for a stop-start diesel. Gassers I can understand but you can idle a diesel engine for hours on a timbal full of oil [exaggeration for effect]. It seems like a lot of added complexity and expense for insignificant improvements in efficiency (3-5% claimed improvement would be about 1 mpg -- and I don't believe the claim). Jeep should just focus on getting reliable diesels in their inefficient SUVs and claim the 25%-33% mpg improvement over gasoline before trying to get fancy with stop-start.

  • William C Montgomery William C Montgomery on Jan 15, 2010

    Chuck, did I see you posting on I, Cringely earlier today?

  • Windswords Windswords on Jan 15, 2010

    I see that the 3.8 is going to be replaced by the Pentastar V6. That's a very good thing. But the Wrangler and the whole Jeep lineup should be getting diesels as well. Oh and that Gladiator pickup thing. If I were Sergio I'd have greelighted that yesterday.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Jan 15, 2010

    Diesels that meet USEPA 2010: expensive, fussy, and lost a lot of their fuel economy due to emission controls if there's a conspiracy against diesels, it's in the US govt not the auto companies

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    • YellowDuck YellowDuck on Jan 18, 2010

      You're obviously plenty knowledgable about this stuff, but I am not buying the conclusion. VW makes emissions-compliant diesels and still gets major fuel economy advantages vs gas. It can be done (and should be done).