2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel V6

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is already offered in a V6, V8, and a supercharged V8 in the ferocious SRT-8 derivation. Now, Jeep has unveiled the 2014 V6 EcoDiesel produced by VM Motori Centro in Ferrara, Italy. This motor produces 240hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque from its turboed compacted iron block and aluminum twin-cam heads. The engine also features ceramic glow plugs that ignite fuel faster via common rail injection. The engine is backed by an eight-speed transmission which assists in achieving the Jeeps 22mpg city/30mpg highway fuel economy rating with only about a 1mpg loss in four-wheel mode. The previous five-speed received more than a few complaints in regards to its abrupt shift points and jerky acceleration so the eight-speed is a welcome addition. Towing capacities weigh in around 7400lbs in rear-wheel drive mode and 7200lbs in four wheel drive, these are the same specs as the 5.7 liter V8 model.

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com

The substantial power of the diesel coupled with the fuel efficiency makes the diesel a more expensive option. The VM diesel will only be available on the top three models (the Limited, Overland, and Summit) and will add an additional cost of $2000 on the Limited AWD, $3000 on the Overland AWD, and $5000 on the Summit AWD. To me, the additional cash will be well worth it. Similar torque ratings as the naturally aspirated V8 and a rig as fuel thirsty as a Honda Civic sounds like Chrysler made a deal with the devil. Either way, I’m not asking questions… Soon we’ll do a road test, but until then, here’s a clip of Mark Allen, head of Jeep Design, briefly speaking about some of the new changes to the Grand Cherokee.

Specs:

Base Price: Limited, $41,290; Overland, $48,490; Summit, $53,490

Engine: DOHC 24-valve V6 Diesel, iron block coupled with aluminum heads, and direct fuel injection.

Horsepower: 240hp

Torque: 420 ft-lbs

Performance:

0-60 mph: 7.3 – 7.4 seconds

Standing Quarter Mile: 16.0 seconds

Top Speed: 112 mph

Fuel Economy: 21-22 mpg City, 28-30 mpg Highway

Credits: Emmett Vick and CarandDriver.com

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