Spy Photos: 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD

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What's this familiar SUV spotted way the hell up in northern Scandinavia, near the Norwegian border? According to those familiar three letters, it's the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the CRD Diesel engine. That's the Benz-built 3.0-liter diesel, producing 215 hp and 376 lb.-ft. torque. Chrysler announced last month the current CRD-powered model will have an MSRP of $38,475. According to spies, some bumper tweaks and seven-spoke wheels indicate this is the 2008 model, which will get a minor facelift over the current Grand Cherokee. Let's just hope they're not using the oil burner to smoke salmon for export.


SPY PHOTOS: Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD [World Car Fans]

Spy Photos: Jeep Wrangler CRD [internal]

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Who needs spy photos of the CRD model? Go to [jeep.com] and "Build and Equip" a GC Overland model. You can pick the 3.0l TurboDiesel as a $2010 option. This engine option only shows up on the Overland, just gas burners available on the Limited and Laredo.

The $38,475 price is bunk. The base Overland is $42,690. Add on the diesel and destination charge and you have a cool $45,395. Still, that's $15,000-$20,000 cheaper than the same engine in any Mercedes product.

Perhaps Jeep is considering adding a separate CRD model for 2008 that's cheaper than the every option available Overland?

I just hope the Commander hangs on long enough for Jeep to add the diesel to it. I need 3 row seating.