Jeep planning to offer diesel versions of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee in the U.S.

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2011

Several models in Jeep’s range for the US market may be offered with diesel engines within three years, says Mike Mantley, the president and CEO of Chrysler's Jeep brand. Manley said that Chrysler aims to rebadge some of its models and sell them under the Fiat brand in the Latin American market. Manley said that converging the technology is important as diesels cost higher than a gas engine.

Upon the attainment of this goal, Jeep’s fuel economy is expected to improve and new customers are also anticipated to increase in number as gas prices continue to rise.

The Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are likely to be fitted with diesel powered engines. AAA said that diesel fuel is priced at about $4.04 per gallon in metro Detroit while unleaded regular sells for an average of $3.82.

However, there’s an advantage to owning a diesel engine since it is more efficient by 30% to 35% compared to a gas engine that’s powering the same vehicle. Jeep's Grand Cherokee was only presented last year but already, it has become the top-selling model in the U.S.

Offering diesel versions of the model is likely to make it even more successful in the North American market. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the fuel economy for the car that’s powered by the 3.6-liter engine and a two-wheel drive version is 23 mpg (10.2 L/100 km) on the highway and 16 mpg (14.7 L/100 km) when driving around the city.

Another option for customers is the two-wheel drive 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine version that returns 20 mpg (11.7 L/100 km) on the highway and 14 mpg (16,8 L/100 km) in city driving.

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