Europe is well known for its fondness of diesel vehicles, mainly due to the dual factors of high fuel prices, making diesels' inherently better fuel economy attractive, and government subsidization of diesel fuel, making it slightly cheaper than gasoline in many EU markets. Following closely on the U.S. introduction of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee compact/midsize SUV, Chrysler announced the availability of a diesel option for the European market.
This news is not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, as Jeep chief Mike Manley mentioned in passing that the Euro-spec Cherokee would get a diesel option at the 2013 Shanghai auto show in April. As expected, the mill is Fiat's 2.0-liter MutliJet, making 170 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and mated to a nine-speed automatic. The diesel engine is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, but horsepower is cut to 140 with the man-trans. Torque remains unchanged at 258 lb-ft.
The Cherokee is also offered with the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 in Europe, and in selected overseas markets is also offered with the 2.4-liter TigerShark I-4, which is the base engine on U.S.-spec models. It's unknown whether this engine will eventually come to the U.S., although Chrysler has been aggressive with its diesel offerings in the U.S. market in the form of the Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.