Chrysler has announced the Jeep Grand Cherokee for North America will receive a diesel engine in 2013. In effect, 1100 jobs will be added to the Jefferson North assembly plant where the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are assembled.
Already offered in international markets since mid-2011, the 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine is expected to be built by Fiat owned subsidiary VM Motori. In Europe the CRD engine produces 237 hp (241 PS / 177 kW) and 410 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. City and highway fuel consumption is 10.3 l/100 km (22.8 mpg) and 7.2 l/100 km (32.7 mpg), respectively, for a combined fuel consumption average of 8.3 l/100 km (28.3 mpg). The new 3.0L CRD engine is also offered in Europe as a low power version with 187 hp (190 PS /140 kW).
The last time the Grand Cherokee was equipped with a diesel engine in North America was between 2007 and 2008 for the previous WK generation. The 3.0-liter CRD engine, built by Mercedes-Benz, produced 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS) and 376 lb.-ft (510 Nm) torque.