We have long suspected that Chrysler was looking to bring a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee to the US and with the current advances of diesel technology and the growing popularity of German brand diesel cars, many thought it would be soon. Just a few days ago Chrysler Group announced their official plans to to just that. Coming in 2013 they will give the US market a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a diesel engine option.
This engine will compliment the existing engine line up for the semi-luxury SUV which includes a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, and a 6.4-liter V8. The diesel engine is expected to be the same one that Jeep already offers in Europe, a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6. This model produces 237 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque and should be considerably more fuel efficient than the current gasoline engines. Current mileage of the engine sits at the equivalent of 28 combine mpg, pretty good for an SUV of this size.
Along with this announcement, Chrysler informed everybody they intend to build the diesel engine right here in the US, in their Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI. This is great news for the US as a whole as they expect to add around 1,100 jobs to this plant. Currently the plant employs just under 3,000 workers.
“We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history,” Marchionne said in a prepared statement.