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Old February 14th, 2013, 07:43 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by GreaseMonkey View Post
The Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0L V6 Diesel MPG is projected at 20 city and 28 highway for the 4x4 model. I would expect the Ram to come in around 18 city and 26 highway, hopefully. With 220ish HP and 420ish ft-lbs. of torque, that's pretty sweet.

The downside is that for the GC, it's a $4,500 option. If it's the same for Ram, comparing the fuel mileage savings to the Hemi (14/20), it would take approximately 7.5 years to make up the difference (15,000 miles a year, fuel @ $3.50 a gallon, highway mileage used).

It's kind of like the Volt. Awesome concept, but the cost isn't there yet. Hopefully if the 3.0L makes it into other platforms, (Wrangler is a likely target) the cost will go down.

As far as the transmissions, we're using the same suppliers as other OEMs out there. ZF, Aisin, etc.
Those who use their truck to haul will just get the hemi or a 3/4 ton. Those who use their truck to have a truck can get 25 mpg according to the commercials with the V6 offering.

I just can't see it being a big enough advantage anywhere to justify the cost and complexity you are adding to your truck.
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