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.
Almost two decades ago, Jeep created the premium SUV segment by introducing the Grand Cherokee. Over four million units sold later, Jeep enhances the formulation and hits the perfect mix of actual functionality and on-road enhancement with the brand-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The brand-new Grand Cherokee provides superior road performance, but still maintains Jeep's celebrated four-wheel drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case, and towing capability. It also has better fuel efficiency (up to 11%) and a class-leading interior.
Jeep listened closely to the market and to its customers and the market, so that the new Grand Cherokee mixes perfectly premium road handling and legendary Jeep abilities.
New Quadra-Lift air suspension system provides the renowned Jeep off-road ability as well as the new Selec-Terrain system, letting the driver choose which drive mode best suits the on-road or off-road driving situations. New independent suspension systems in the front and back produce quality road comfort and handling.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is constructed on a verified rear-wheel drive single-body based that shares the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz ML.