Jeff Bell, vice president – Jeep, announced on November 8 at a press conference at the New England International Auto Show that the retail pricing for the four-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty common rail diesel (CRD) model line, the first diesel mid-size sport/utility vehicle to be sold in the US, will start at $25,125, including $610 destination charge, according to the web site Just The base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Jeep Liberty CRD Sport 4x4 is $25,125, including $610 destination. The base MSRP for the Jeep Liberty CRD Limited 4x4 is $27,355, including $610 destination. The Jeep Liberty CRD will begin arriving in dealerships later this year. "Response to the new Jeep Liberty CRD has been huge," a Jeep spokesman said. "Nearly 40,000 consumers have expressed interest in the diesel-powered Jeep Liberty, well ahead of the manufacturing launch in November." Jeep has offered diesel Cherokees in Europe for over a decade, beginning with the previous generation model in the early 1990s. Current export market buyers get a choice of 2.5- or 2.8-liter turbodiesels in their Ohio-built models — most of the export market Grand Cherokees are, in contrast, built by Magna Steyr in Austria. But the U.S. is getting the Liberty diesel only with the 2.8. The U.S.-specification engine produces 160 horsepower and gets an estimated fuel economy of 22 miles city and 27 miles highway. Jeep claims the 2.8-liter diesel gives the Liberty best-in-class results in three categories: 295 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm; a driving range of approximately 500 miles, and a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. When production for the U.S. market begins at the Toledo North assembly plant, each vehicle will be fuelled with B5 diesel, comprising 5 percent biodiesel made from locally grown soybeans.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials