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The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has officially gone full circle. It started its life with chassis geometry developed in Germany alongside the Mercedes-Benz ML, was reskinned and given new powertrains in America, and now it heads back across the Atlantic to get another new engine just for the European market. Meet the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.
Developed to gain a foothold in the European market, the GC diesel uses a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 built by VM Motori and developed with input from Fiat Powertrain, which provided the engine’s MultiJet II technology for improved power, torque, and fuel economy. That means 241 horsepower, 406 lb-ft of torque, and a 17 percent increase in fuel economy versus Jeep’s last diesel engine. A few years back, that engine achieved 18/23 mpg when it was sold in the States.
The new turbodiesel goes on sale in Europe by the end of the first half of 2011 and is offered in both Laredo and Limited trim. Our engine options, a 3.6-liter six and a 5.7-liter eight, will also be available. Will Jeep make a fair trade and give us the diesel? That’s to be determined, but based on what’s happening in the market, it’d almost certainly need a urea injection system.