2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Earlier this year, rumors circulated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee would be available with a diesel engine. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and FIAT, confirmed those rumors to Automotive News, and said that a diesel Grand Cherokee will be available in 2013.

Car and Driver says that potentially, additional European Chryslers with diesel engines will be sold in the United States. “As such, we think it’ll be offered in the Chrysler 300 here, and perhaps its Dodge Charger sibling,” says Car and Driver. “Being so closely related to the Jeep, the Dodge Durango is a safe bet, and the smaller diesel six would make a great offering in the light-duty Ram 1500.”

Both Left Lane News and Car and Driver predict that the engine will be a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that is available in the European Grand Cherokee. It will produce 224 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. “The mill is also offered in the Lancia Thema (essentially a rebadged Chrysler 300),” says Left Lane News, “meaning the 300 and possibly the Charger could also be candidates to receive diesel power in the states.” The Chrysler Town & Country could also get the engine.

The diesel models will be in addition to the hybrids Chrysler will produce to meet 2025 fuel economy regulations mandated by the U.S. government, egmCarTech reports.  

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