The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel coming first quarter of 2013

Posted By on December 6, 2012


Jeep is heading back to market again and giving diesel another go in the US. According to WardsAuto, the Grand Cherokee will be available in the first quarter of 2013 and will have to continue to compete in a crowded SUV and car platform CUV market. The 3.0L diesel engine currently being sold in Europe should prove to be a solid choice for the Grand Cherokee by offering the torque and economy unmatched by other fuels. A few years ago I took the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD diesel for a test drive, but it was a bit noisy, pricey and was lacking in refinement … two of the three I suspect the 2013/14 model will have improved on. Price … hmm? 

Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley says “drivers will be impressed with the SUV’s driving dynamics and reduced noise, vibration and harshness.”

Next year also brings a diesel entry from General Motors, the Chevrolet Cruze, an oil-burning Mazda6 sedan and increased marketing of existing diesel offerings from Volkswagen and Audi.

“I see that growth continuing,” Manley says about diesel popularity in the U.S. “As people realize that diesel not just offers great fuel economy but also good driving dynamics in a clean way, I see that part of the segment continue to grow.”

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