As the Los Angeles Auto Show draws to an end we now have a few weeks rest during the Holiday Season before the next big car show, and that’s the NAIAS. There is a huge choice of new vehicles coming to the event, and one such model that has gained our interest is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be debuting at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but will not hit dealers until the end of the first quarter of next year.
Over the years the Jeep Grand Cherokee has seen a number of improvements, but what interests us the most is the advancements to its diesel engine. For years these SUVs have not only been noisy but were not as fuel-efficient as we would have liked, but it shows that with some applied technology there’s no need to rush out and get a less than practical electric vehicle just yet.
It’s been reported that the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with the same 3.0L diesel engine that has proved a success over in Europe, and because US drivers are far more conscious about fuel economy and engine noise we’re certain that they will embrace this new model as well. Jeep knows that they have a tough job ahead of them to keep the public interested in Sports Utility Vehicles because there’s that stigma that they have gas guzzling engines, because not only do they have to still offer the kind of experience that previous owners know and love about the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but also make drivers aware that they are far more fuel-efficient then they have been in the past.
Don’t worry that the smaller 3.0-liter diesel V6 oil burner will lack power because it will still produce a decent 237 horsepower, as well as an impressive 407 pound-feet of torque. However, it has some tough competition with the 2013 Range Rover, although the $83,500 could be enough to put a few buyers off and persuade them to choose an alternative, and we’re sure that the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee price will be the vehicle to benefit.
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