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Brand new diesel for Cherokee

by David Zatz on

A new FCA diesel engine is debuting on the Italian version of the Jeep Cherokee, but it could well make its way to North America.

The Cherokee is still made in the United States, but it now has the option of a new 2.2 liter diesel engine noted earlier by Allpar.  The company said the new engine produced 200 horsepower at 3,500 rpm, with 440 Nm of torque (324 lb-ft), putting it above the 2.4 liter gasoline engine in horsepower and above the V6 gasoline engine in torque — ideal for towing — according to the official announcement.

2.2 liter Fiat diesel engine

Dubbed “MultiJet II,” like the existing 2-liter diesel from Fiat Powertrain, the 2.2 produces far better horsepower than the 2.0 — 200 vs 140. Torque is also higher. (A limited-power version is rated at 185 horsepower). Fuel usage with the nine-speed and stop-start system with Active Drive I (AWD) on the European combined cycle is 5.7 liters per 100 km, or 41 mpg; by American standards, this likely would be somewhere in the mid-30s.

Earlier, the engine was branded as an Alfa Romeo design. It showed up in Chrysler’s North American parts system, associated with the Chrysler 200, according to Automotive News. Allpar had predicted the possible use of this engine as being in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Still to come from FCA is a new “L424” four-cylinder diesel from VM, at 2.4 liters, which is predicted to have lower horsepower and higher torque than the 2.2.  The VM engine is predicted to peak at 197 horsepower, close to the Alfa, but push out 368 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1600 rpm; the L424 was reportedly designed to meet US ULEV standards.  Thanks, Alfa Romeo 159.

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