A diesel-version of Jeep’s Grand Cherokee for the 2013 model year will reportedly be unveiled this January at the Detroit Auto Show. Jeep CEO Mike Manley told WardsAuto that drivers will probably like the SUV’s “driving dynamics and reduced noise, vibration and harshness.” It’s likely that the U.S.-spec diesel will be the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine available in Europe.
This V-6 in the European Grand Cherokee can deliver 237 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque while having a fuel economy rating that’s equivalent to 28 combined mpg. For the production of this new model, Chrysler has hired 1,100 new workers at the Jefferson North plant in Michigan. Manley thinks that the addition of a diesel option to the Grand Cherokee is a “good move.”
He also believes that this growth will continue as people recognize that diesel offers “great” fuel economy as well as good driving dynamics in a clean manner so that a part of this segment persists in growing. Confirmation has already been given by Fiat-Chrysler CEO that the diesel Grand Cherokee would be a part of the 2013 model year lineup.
The Detroit debut is also expected to coincide with the 2014 facelift of this car. Jeep hasn’t made a comment yet but a virtually undisguised 2014 Grand Cherokee has already been spotted. This Jeep best seller will probably get LED head- and taillights, a ZF-sourced eight-speed, and Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.