Dear Truck Trend,
I have been a fan of diesels in light-duty trucks and passenger cars ever since I rented a Peugeot 406 sedan in Spain nearly a decade ago and didn't even realize it was a diesel until I stopped to fill the tank. I have yet to own a diesel-fuel vehicle, but I hope to in the future, and I read the columns and articles in the July/August issue with great interest. There was a lot of great info, especially the diesel SUV comparo and the article on the new Ram 1500 Diesel.
I was surprised, however, given the diesel theme of the issue, that in your "First Look" at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, you didn't mention that it will be sold in Europe with a diesel. What prospect is there of our getting the diesel Cherokee here in the U.S.?
Also, I was bemused to read in multiple columns and articles in the issue that there haven't been diesel light-duty trucks available in the U.S. market for 25-plus years. Well, I hope I don't cause any trouble for your research gnomes when I remind you that GM offered the 6.5-liter diesel in light-duty trucks (Chevrolet and GMC 1500 C/K pickups, 1500/2500 Suburbans, and even two-door Tahoes and Yukons), as late as 1999 in some cases.
We had a stern talk with the research gnomes, and they will do better next time. You're right -- the option of a 3.0-liter diesel engine in the Ram is the first time Ram has offered a diesel in a light-duty truck since the 1980s, back when the company was called Dodge. Yet GM did offer a diesel option until the 1990s. Sorry about the oversight! And from what we hear, the diesel isn't likely to be available in North America for the Cherokee. But who knows? Maybe if the Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee diesels are popular here, Chrysler will consider a Diesel Cherokee.
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