Search for news articles on any given car that will offer a diesel engine outside of the United States, then look at the comments. Actually, most of the time you don’t even have to go that far. The American public has been clamouring for its fair share of awesome diesel power, and it looks like domestic automakers are ready to deliver. Now typically in the past when American automakers tried to make something after the global market trends for domestic consumers, it never went too well. You would get as far as “universal tail lamps” (The U.S. does not require amber turn signals in the rear) and “euro bumpers”. Today however the U.S. has finally got the recipe down correctly, and it looks like other manufacturers should be watching their backs. Several models are being confirmed by Chrysler, Ford, and GM to come with diesel power, and they are surprisingly competitive.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will be arriving in North America next year, and is slated to be built at the manufacturers Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. It will likely share the same engines as the European Grand Cherokee, meaning an engine list that goes like this; a 3.0-liter V6 unit delivering 190 bhp and 324.5 lb-ft, or a 241 hp and 405.7 lb-ft. Both will be mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
The 3.0 V6 diesel should be able to get from 0-62 in just 10.2 seconds and keep going until it reaches 119 mph, while having an average fuel efficiency of 28.4 mpg. It’s bigger brother does the job in just 8.2 seconds and can reach 126 mph, with the same fuel consumption.