Jeep Grand Cherokee Gets Fiat 3.0l Turbo Diesel Implant

A bit more power and a little less money spent at the pump for future Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, who will from now on be able to choose a new 3.0l turbo diesel power plant to go with the SUV. The new engine is among the first from Chrysler to benefit from the expertise of partner Fiat, being built by VM Motori and Fiat Powertrain. The V6 unit, which will be showcased by the auto maker at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show (alongside a very comprehensive lineup of Jeep models), packs quite a punch, being capable of developing 241 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 550 Nm of torque at 1,800 - 2,800 rpm (for comparison, the engine it replaces was 10 percent less powerful). From the fuel consumption stand point, the new unit is hoped to bring down the fleet average achieved by Jeeps. The new unit eats 10.3l/100 km on the urban cycle and 7.2l/100 km on the extra-urban cycle (combined 8.3l/100 km). The engine will be offered on the Laredo, Limited and Overland versions in Europe, starting the second half of the year. At that time, the engine offering for the Cherokee will be complete, with the new diesel power plant joining the existing petrol engines (5.7l V8 and 3.6l Pentastar V6). Pricing information for the new model has not been released. autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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