Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel To Debut At Geneva Motor Show
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been given a new engine, although it probably won’t be coming to the United States anytime soon. Chrysler announced today that the Grand Cherokee would get a diesel engine that was built by VW Motori.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V6 that will use Fiat’s Multi-Jet II technology, which was first seen on the 2009 1.3-liter diesel powered Punto Evo. This engine will join the Pentastar V6 and the 5.7-liter V8 gas engines in the Jeep lineup.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will debut at the Geneva Motor Show with 241 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The new diesel gains 8 percent more torque and 10 percent more power over the old diesel Jeep. In Europe, the big off-road machine will get 28.3 mpg, better than some of the midsize sedans here in the United States.
Jeep is no stranger to VW Motori’s diesel engines, as they were used in the 1999-2001 Grand Cherokee, as well as a few other models over the years. Considering the fact that the company is based in Italy and Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, the move to use these engines seems logical.
VW Motori is based in Cento, Italy, which is not far from the headquarters of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati. Not to mention the fact that Fiat Powertrain Technologies recently purchased a 50 percent stake in the engine company.
While the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t be coming to the United States, one can only hope that Chrysler will eventually allow the big bruiser to make its way over to our shores. After all, diesel sales have been up as of late and 406 pound-feet of torque should be able to convince some to go for the oil burner.