• Apr 14th 2011 at 1:59PM
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Autoblog just heard it straight from the Italian-Canadian horse's mouth: The hot new Jeep Grand Cherokee in North America will – somewhere between soon and the end of 2013 – be getting the same recently improved 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel engine that Europe gets. In the Grand Cherokee, this oil-burning powerplant is good for 237 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is fully delivered between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm. This is music to all Jamboree and Rubicon fanatics everywhere.

It has not been decided whether or not there might be a special six-speed manual shifter offered alongside the W5A580 five-speed overdrive automatic transmission, and an eight-speed automatic is in the works, as well. But the manual with the Quadra-Drive II transfer case on a Trail Rated Grand Cherokee would bring the glee Stateside even moreso.

Fiat Auto CEO Sergio Marchionne is fast becoming the new Bob Lutz in his ability to cast aside all carefully kept secrets of the communications team and talk about the good things that are coming. Only minutes after Jeep's international bosses artfully skirted the issue of a common-rail diesel GC here in North America, Marchionne assured us that one would, in fact, be coming. We respect the Jeep leaders. We dig Sergio.

Not only does the latest generation of the 3.0-liter CRD engine with Multijet II management – built by VM Motori in Italy based on specifications from Fiat Powertrain Technologies – get 19-percent greater fuel efficiency than the previous mill, it produces 20-percent less CO2 emissions. Towing capacity is quoted at just over 7,700 pounds, the maximum for any current Grand Cherokee trim.

But will the Wrangler get the European 2.8-liter CRD inline-four good for 197 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque, paired with the NSG370 six-speed manual and Rubicon Rock-Trac transfer case? Because that, folks, is the holy grail item. Even Sergio was mum on this.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      The correct term for torque in English measurements is Foot Pound. The Jeep diesel should be 6 litre, minimim.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep has had a 3.0 diesel in there gc for about 5 years now this is just the new one the ones you are seeing are just regular jeeps they have been out for years but this will be the new one. I own a 07 diesel jeep gc and it sucked always breaking because the motor sucked or ecus taking a shot I hope they do better this time. Should of went with a cummins imo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep has put the CRD in the Grand Cherokee in the past. From what little I have read on it in the past, it seems it was pulled from the US market due to low market interest. That said, why on earth would you lead re-introducing the CRD in the US in the same product line that it failed in before. I know many Jeep owners who would love to see the CRD in the Unlimited. I am an i6 '04 WJ owner and I desperately want to trade it in for an Unlimited but with the current engine selection there is no possibility of me doing such a thing. I wonder if Jeep did any real market research to determine which model they should re-introduce the CRD in.. and if so, where was said research conducted b/c there's no way they talked to anyone I know. In short, Jeep PLEASE offer the CRD in the Wrangler or at least the Wrangler Unlimited otherwise when my WJ finally dies I will have to leave the Jeep family.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome news, about time we started to see some diesel engines here in the US market...

      The Wrangler would be wonderful with such an engine...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Giggity! Long speculated, I'm very happy to hear this one confirmed. Waiter, pour that man another sweater!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring us the manual!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they do, I swear I will buy it.
        That being said there is no way that will happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Wrangler is offered with a turbo diesel, it will certainly be my next purchase. For reference, I currently drive a 2009 Caliber SRT4. I love forced induction and the torque numbers look great. I realize that this vehicle is totally different than what I currently drive, but a 2.8L CRD Wrangler truly is the "holy grail".
      • 4 Years Ago

      Now... *ahem*... a few requests:
      - Put this in the Wrangler
      - Put this in the upcoming "Gladiator" Jeep

      ... and, I hate to admit it, but I miss the Commander. Give it a bigger diesel engine with more power and efficiency, the 8-speed transmission from Fiat, improve its ride and overall quality. I'll definitely buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full independent suspensioned diesel SUV with a manual transmission = My future weekend trail/dunes toy. Bring it on Jeep!
      • 4 Years Ago
      D4mnit I'm a Ford guy, but things like this will make me think long and hard about my next vehicle.

      All manufacturers need to bring more diesel here!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring the manual!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring more turbodiesels!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Put the same turbodiesel in the 1500 Ram and laugh all the way to the bank. Contractors and farmers would eat it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would contend that it would make more sense to nationalize only the 3.0 V6, and not bother with importing the 2.8. Just put the same engine in both the GC and Wrangler!

        And do it immediately.
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