Over the next twelve days, Urban Gear Works will be posting a wish list for the auto industry. Here's Day Three:
Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and Wagoneer
Yes, more diesel begging.
A turbodiesel V-6 for the 2014 Grand Cherokee is already confirmed. If the European model specifications are any indication, we will see more torque than any model without an SRT badge, and better mileage than the smallest available gasoline engine. Since the motor is already confirmed, this wish list relates to details as yet unconfirmed. First, it is our hope that Jeep won't limit the oil-burner to specific trim levels. There are definitely people who will buy the diesel in a base model because they want a long-range, rugged, workhorse. On the other hand, the Overland package has one of the best interiors to be found in an SUV. There are certainly customers who want the torque and mileage advantage, but are also willing to sign on for luxury options. In the "asking world peace" category of Christmas wishes, how about an SRT-D? The SRT package for the Grand Cherokee is a monster - it can't be that hard to turn up the boost on the diesel's twin turbos and carry over the exterior modifications.
Jeep has also confirmed a new Grand Wagoneer, marking the return of a seven-passenger vehicle to the company lineup. Not much is known other than the passenger capacity, and that the new Jeep will likely share a platform with the existing Dodge Durango, itself a stretched version of the current Grand Cherokee underpinnings. With details scarce, Urban Gear Works would love to see some of the following requests granted. First, please no fake wood grain. Some things just don't work in the present. We've seen it done to enough PT Cruisers, and even a new Grand Cherokee, and it just doesn't work for us. Leave this option to the aftermarket. Second, since there will likely be a common stucture between the Wagoneer and the Grand Cherokee, please include the diesel engine option. A vehicle this size with decent fuel economy would be a class leader for sure. Third, keep up the current Jeep trend of wonderful interior quality. And, finally, keep the retro styling within reason. The original Wagoneer has a devoted following which must be respected, but don't let that turn the design into a caricature.