Autoblog editors were invited to drive the next-generation diesel versions of the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, as sold in Europe. They loved them! Some details:
Grand Cherokee: 3.0L V6 turbodiesel, 406 ft-lbs of torque, 0-60 times faster than the 5.7L V8 gas motor [correction: that's faster than the 3.6L V6 gas engine], projected 32 mpg on the highway, price estimated to be $39K for a 4x4 in Laredo trim.
Wrangler: 2.8L 4 cylinder turbodiesel, 302 ft-lbs of torque, 36 mpg when using the 3.21 final drive, maybe 32 mpg when using the 3.73 final drive from the Rubicon. The 4 cylinder motor is not as refined as the V6 in the Grand Cherokee, but that's in keeping with the Wrangler's image. Price estimated to start at $29,500 for a Wrangler Unlimited 4x4 in Sport trim, or about $4000 more than the gas engine Sport.
If nothing else, this means that Jeep is seriously evaluating the diesel engines for use in North America.