We already knew that Jeep was planning a diesel-version of its successful Grand Cherokee for the 2013 model year, but a new report says we’ll have our first look at the oil-burning SUV at January’s Detroit auto show.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley spoke to WardsAuto and Manley expects drivers to be “impressed with the SUV’s driving dynamics and reduced noise, vibration and harshness.” It’s expected that the U.S.-spec diesel will be the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 offered in Europe; in the European Grand Cherokee, the V-6 produces 237 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque while returning the equivalent of 28 combined mpg. Chrysler has already added 1100 jobs at its Jefferson North plant in Michigan to build the new model.
Manley sees the addition of a diesel option to the Grand Cherokee as a good move for the brand: “I see that growth continuing. As people realize that diesel not only offers great fuel economy but also good driving dynamics in a clean way, I see that part of the segment continue to grow.”
Although, Fiat-Chrysler CEO had previously confirmed that the oil-burning Grand Cherokee would join the lineup for the 2013 model year, we have to wonder if its Detroit debut will also coincide with the car’s 2014 facelift. We couldn’t reach Jeep for comment, but have previously spotted a 2014 Grand Cherokee testing essentially camouflage-free. Expect LED head- and taillights, a ZF-sourced eight-speed, and Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen to make their way to Jeep’s best seller.
Whether or not the 2014 facelift appears with the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wards says to expect the new engine to start showing up in dealerships by the end of the first quarter of next year.