While we’re seeing a steady increase in the number of diesel models coming to the U.S. market from Europe, no domestic maker has been showing more interest in the high-mileage technology than Chrysler which has already launched “oil-burners” for both its Ram 1500 pickup and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.
And at the Geneva Motor Show a little more than a month from now, Chrysler will add another diesel, in this case a version of the new Cherokee ute. Unfortunately for American aficionados, however, the package will be limited to the European market – though it leaves open the question of whether a U.S. Cherokee Diesel might yet be in the works to replace the old Liberty model.
With but a few minor tweaks to reflect the requirements of European regulators, the Jeep Cherokee Diesel will be all but identical to the American gas-powered model that finally reached showrooms here after an unexpected delay. The big difference will be found under the hood.