1985-87: Jeep Chero­kee XJ, Wagoneer XJ and Co­manche MJ

Diesel World - - Vintage Smoke Light Trucks: Part Two -

Jeep also got into the diesel econ­omy wars of the mid-1980s. Re­nault owned 49 per­cent of AMC/JEEP at the time, so it made sense a well-de­vel­oped 2.1L Re­nault in­ter­cooled turbo diesel would be used. It was a pop­u­lar en­gine in Europe and used in ev­ery­thing from cars and light trucks to vans to mo­torhomes. It was op­tional in the Chero­kee XJ SUV, Co­manche MJ pickup and Wagoneer XJ mod­els through 1987. It was un­usual in be­ing turbo-in­ter­cooled and was the first in­ter­cooled light truck diesel of­fered in the U.S. It came in front of man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sions. Win­nebago of­fered the com­pact Le Sharo mo­torhome in the ’80s and early ’90s pow­ered by this en­gine. Chrysler dropped the Re­nault re­la­tion­ship soon af­ter it ac­quired Jeep in 1987, so the en­gine left the Jeep sta­ble.

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 2.1L (126ci) POWER: 85 hp @ 3,250 rpm

TORQUE: 132 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 21.5:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Tur­bocharged

 1985 Jeep Chero­kee Pioneer diesel

 Re­nault 2.1L tur­boin­t­er­cooled diesel

 1986 Jeep Co­manche pickup

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