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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gets New Technology, Diesel Engine Option

By Jeff Youngs, December 11, 2012
The refreshed 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts next month at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is expected to display styling, technology and powertrain upgrades in advance of its arrival in dealer showrooms during the first quarter of 2013. Among the changes: the 2014 Grand Cherokee will offer a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine option.

A report published in Automotive News states that both Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep brand president and CEO Mike Manley confirmed that the updated 2014 Grand Cherokee would offer the diesel engine option. The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder is sourced from VM Motori, owned by Fiat, and the engine is already offered in Grand Cherokees sold outside of the United States.

According to Automotive News, the 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel engine is rated to make 241 horsepower, is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and is rated to get the U.S. equivalent of 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway in the European test cycle. The publication quoted Marchionne as saying, "People have the wrong perception of what diesel is like." Manley said, "I think we're going to be surprised at the demand for that vehicle."

Additionally, Jeep is expected to announce a new 8-speed automatic transmission for the 2014 Grand Cherokee, as well as the availability of the new Uconnect Access technology that is already optional for the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck and the 2013 SRT Viper sports car.

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ratings
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