Time to quit your bellyaching and pony up your pennies, Jeep fans. Chrysler has announced the Jeep Grand Cherokee will bow with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine in the first quarter of next year. The engine yields 237 horsepower and an impressive 406 pound-feet of torque, and all that twist shows up from 1,800 rpm on. If you're counting, that's 16 lb-ft more than the 5.7-liter V8. Expect to see it bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. As you may recall, this isn't the first time we've heard this news.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley let the news slip while speaking with Ward's Auto at the LA Auto Show, and said if buyer feedback is any indication, the new model should see healthy sales. Manley also pointed to the now deceased Liberty diesel, which the executive said that enjoyed a faithful, if small following. Odds are we'll hear more about pricing and fuel economy when the diesel Grand Cherokee gets an official unveil at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.


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      FightinBluHen51
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Chrysler Group would put this engine in a Wrangler and or a 1/2 ton Ram, I'd be knocking on their door step tomorrow to buy one.
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FightinBluHen51
        They do offer a diesel engine in the Wrangler, only outside of the US. However it's not available for the Ram outside, which would've been great :/
      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't they put this engine in a Ram 1500? Seems like a no brainer to me...
        acrcpe45
        • 2 Years Ago
        @e46mike
        Patience is a great virtue. Magic ball says summer of 2013.
        Neez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @e46mike
        Yea, if they can put a pentastar V6 in the cherokee and the ram 1500, it would seem likely they could fit this diesel in there too. Fiat needs to talk to more pickup people, if they put a 3.0 or 3.5l diesel in a pickup, even if it cost $5k more, they will sell like hotcakes. You would also steal tons of F150(#1 vehicle sold in America) and GM 1500 buyers which is a very very large market. You wouldn't be able to produce enough to keep up with demand.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      That engine is phenomenal. Put it the Wrangler too.
      gfviperman
      • 2 Years Ago
      We just got a 2013 Overland. Wife couldn't wait!! What an outstanding piece of equipment!!
      atvman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why no 8spd?
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @atvman
        They've got to have something to add to it in another model year or two in order to keep the vehicle "fresh."
        canuckcharlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @atvman
        Torque output on the diesel prob exceeds torque rating for the 8 spd. Prob reason why Pentastar V6 got 8 speed upgrade while Hemi's kept 5 spd for 12MY.
        lostboyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @atvman
        This isn't an official report. it says "expect it to be mated..."
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeep, I have no intentions of owning a Grand Cherokee but if you put this engine in the Wrangler, I would seriously consider purchasing one in the future.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love it! Can't wait to see this engine in the Wrangler and Ram 1500 as well.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      All 2014 Grand Cherokee's are coming with the 8-speed, from Laredo to SRT8 AS WELL as the diesel. They are also going to be on sale SOON. Like, in March...as 2014's.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the Wrangler gets it too. I'll have to add another JK to the arsenal.
      Matt S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. This car already looked good, and now it looks even better. And the best part, it looks like it's gonna have separate, amber turn indicators!
      789dm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Diesel,... guess alot of folks who complained about why not diesel gonna be happy.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the looks aren't ruined, the detail changes I can see so far are worse than the truck when it first came out a couple years back. But boy am I glad to see that diesel, I can't wait to drive it!
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