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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L CRD - First Drive

The Best Midsize SUV You Can Buy

Photography by Courtesy of Jeep, Trevor Reed

Is It Worth $42,730?While you can purchase a fullsize 31/44-ton truck for about the same price as the base two-wheel-drive diesel Grand Cherokee (MSRP $38,925), that pickup would be a regular cab work truck with vinyl floors and manual window cranks. Every diesel Grand Cherokee comes loaded with a long list of standard features such as leather seats, power windows, climate control, standard side airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability programming, and emergency braking assistance. Put that impressive partial list of features in a package that can actually fit in your garage, and you have the new '07 Grand Cherokee 3.0L CRD diesel-the best midsize SUV you can buy today (in 45 states, that is).

Specifications'07 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) 3.0L CRD 4x4Construction: Steel unibodyAssembly plants: Detroit, Michigan, and Graz, AustriaBase diesel MSRP: $38,925 (Overland 2WD)As tested MSRP: $42,730 (Limited 4WD)

ENGINE: 3.0L CRD V-6 turbodieselType: 72-degree V-typeDisplacement: 182 ci (2,987 cc)Bore x stroke (in.): 3.27 x 3.62Valvetrain: DOHC, 24 valves, chaindriven Block material: Cast-aluminum, iron cylinder linersHead material: Cast aluminumFuel injection: High-pressure, common-rail, direct-injection with CP3 injection pumpFuel injectors: Piezo-actuatedCompression ratio: 18.0:1Turbo: Garrett GT2056V variable geometryManufacturer power: 215 hp at 3,800 rpmManufacturer torque: 376 lb-ft at 1,600-2,800 rpmDyno power: 198 hp at 2,800 rpmDyno torque: 371 lb-ft at 2,500 rpmMaximum engine speed: 4,500 rpm (electronically limited)Oil capacity: 10 quartsn EmissionS controls: Oxygen catalyst, diesel particulate filter, DPF temperature and pressure sensors, and cooled EGR

Transmission:W5J400 five-speed automatic with manual controls

n Gear ratios 1st: 3.59 2nd: 2.19 3rd: 1.41
    4th: 1.00 5th: 0.83
    Reverse: 3.16 Final drive ratio: 3.73

Transfer Case: NV245Type: Two-speed, electronically shiftedOperating modes: Full-time 4WD High, 4x4 Low (locked), NeutralLow range ratio: 2.72

Specifications (continued)AxleSDifferential type: Open with electronic limited-slip/locking differentialCenter differential type: Open with electronic limited-slip/locking differentialTorque split (front/rear): 48/52 percentDifferential type: Open with electronic limited-slip/locking differential

Dimensions

n Wheelbase (in.): 109.5 n Track, front (in.): 62.0
n Track, rear (in.): 62.0 n Overall length (in.): 186.6
n Overall width (in.): 84.3 n Body width (in.): 73.3
n Overall height (in.): 67.7 n Load floor height (in.): 32.1
n Ground clearance (in.): 8.0 n Approach angle (deg.): 34.7

Departure angle (deg.): 27.0Drag coefficient (cd.): 0.41Fuel-tank capacity (gal.): 22Curb weight as tested (lbs.): 4,750

Interior

n Seating capacity (front/rear): 2/3
n Front Seat n Rear Seat
Headroom (in.): 39.7 Headroom (in.): 39.3
Legroom (in.): 41.7 Legroom (in.): 35.5

Cargo VolumeBehind rear seat (cu. ft.): 34.53Behind front-row seats with rear seats folded (cu. ft.): 67.4

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