2014 Jeep Cherokee Getting 2.0-Liter Diesel in Europe
Third Quarter Introduction with Fiat Diesel Confirmed, U.S. to Follow?
Mentioned as an aside to Automotive News Europe reporters covering the 2013 Shanghai auto show, Jeep global chief Mike Manley quietly confirmed that the European-spec 2014 Jeep Cherokee would be offered with a Fiat turbodiesel I-4 when it goes on sale in Europe in the third quarter of 2013. We're reasonably sure the engine will be Fiat's 2.0-liter JTDM MultiJet engine offered in the Alfa Romeo 159 and other models. In that application, the engine produces 168 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.
Although that's less horsepower than the Cherokee's standard 2.4-liter MultiAir I-4 in the U.S. market, it's more torque than the optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, which produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. It would also likely return even better fuel economy than the base 2.4-liter MultiAir engine, which Jeep promises will top 31 mpg in front-drive trim.
The diesel may be paired with a manual transmission in Europe, but it's unknown if this will be an exclusive configuration, or if the diesel will also be offered with the nine-speed automatic. The Cherokee's 948TE transmission, built under license from ZF by Chrysler, has a maximum torque capacity of 332 lb-ft, which would easily accommodate the diesel's torque output.
With the introduction of the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the announcement of its availability in the 2014 Ram 1500, prospects are promising for the eventual offering of a diesel option in the Cherokee for the U.S. market, but Chrysler will likely use the Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 as test cases before committing to a diesel for the U.S.-spec Cherokee.
Source: Automotive News Europe