The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is now on sale in Australia, five months after the petrol engine models of the all-new luxury SUV arrived in local showrooms.
The new 3.0-litre direct-injection V6 turbodiesel will be available in all four model lines: the entry-level Laredo, mid-spec Limited, special edition 70th Anniversary and range-topping Overland.
The engine will demand a $5000 price premium over the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine, and will be priced exactly the same as the 5.7-litre Hemi V8.
Built by VM Motori and developed in collaboration with Fiat Powertrain, the new diesel engine produces 177kW of power and 550Nm of torque between 1800-2800rpm. Like all models in the renewed Grand Cherokee line-up, it is teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.3 litres/100km (10.3 litres/100km city, 7.2 litres/100km highway), making it by far the most fuel efficient engine in the range. The V6 petrol uses 11.4 litres/100km combined while the V8 burns through an average of 14.1 litres/100km.
The diesel has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500kg, which matches the V8 and easily exceeds the smaller petrol model (2268kg).
Chrysler Australia’s Dean Bonthorne said Jeep expected the Grand Cherokee diesel to be well received by customers Down Under.
“The arrival of the new turbo diesel is icing on the cake of the all-new Grand Cherokee range,” Mr Bonthorne said.
“It’s no secret that Australians love a torquey, fuel-efficient diesel in this category, and just like so many other aspects of the Grand Cherokee, this highly anticipated new powerplant has exceeded all expectations.”
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer costs):