Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

Chrysler will debut the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel at the Geneva Motor Show with 406 pound-feet of torque.

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.


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I have a 2008 diesel Grand Cherokee Overland and I love it. It can tow my 5000 pound boat and trailer with ease and yet, for daily use, I get about 21 mpg around town and 24 mpg + on the highway. I was very sad to see this model engine combo have such a short lived life in the U.S. My diesel is quiet, clean and smooth. It's a thousand miles away from what most U.S. consumers think of as a "diesel." The only thing I would change about my vehicle is to add one more gear (a sixth gear) to the transmission. It has ample torque to handle an additional gear and I believe it would improve the high speed highway mileage considerably. I would definitely be a potential customer for one of these new diesels, if the quality of the engine and transmission is as good as my 2008.