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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee To Share Fiat Diesel

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On: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee To Share Fiat Diesel

You can forget about Cummings, in 2013 the Jeep Grand Cherokee will share diesel tech from Chrysler’s Italian counterpart. As usual, this particular diesel engine is already in use in the European variant of the Grand Cherokee and will be coming to America a few years late. On the up side, however, 1100 jobs will be added to the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit and Fiat’s 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel is already widely regarded as a solid performer – with efficiency to boot.

In Europe, the CRD engine produces 237 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque while sipping a mere 22.8 mpg in the city and 32.7 mpg on the highway. Combined economy is currently 28.3 mpg.

But don’t expect every Euro-spec Grand Cherokee Diesel model to return home. A new 3.0-liter CRD is currently offered in Europe as a low power version – sacrificing performance for efficiency – which survives on 187 horsepower. Considering North America’s lukewarm acceptance of diesel engines, we feel comfortable predicting that a wide Grand Cherokee diesel lineup is unlikely, especially featuring ‘low power’ options. Whatever those are.

Over the years a few Jeeps have graced our dealerships with manufacturer equipped diesel engines, while the last Grand Cherokee diesel came in 2007-2008 via the previous WK model. Back then, Jeep’s alliance with Mercedes-Benz cultivated in a different 3.0-liter CRD which got by with 215 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque.

Considering the current Grand Cherokee is hard pressed to get 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon, a more efficient diesel engine could be the perfect mate to the company’s most sophisticated off-roader, especially with regards to the CRD’s heavy torque output – a must for true overlanding.

Even though looming CAFE standards subtly benefit American truck manufacturers, Jeep will still need to bring average fuel economy up. Back in October Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne stressed the importance of hybrid technology and perhaps the reintroduction of a diesel engine hints at a future where Americans finally share in a current European gem: the hybrid diesel.



dwalter | 2:37PM (Fri, Jan 6, 2012)

Diesel hybrids, please


Stephy21 | 9:20AM (Mon, Jan 9, 2012)

The CAFE is sure looking to make some changes, but a diesel hybrid just doesn't sound like a good combination.

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