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Grand Cherokee = Japan Eco-Car

by David Zatz on

When sold with the Pentastar V-6 engine, the 2017 Grand Cherokee is eligible for Japan’s “Eco-Car” tax incentive – worth between ¥58,000 and ¥66,000 to its buyers.

The Grand Cherokee had to meet both fuel efficiency and emissions standards to claim the tax credit. Very few American cars qualify.

The V6 engine produces 213 kW (295 horsepower), and has a two-step variable valve lift system along with variable valve timing. The system mainly stays in low-lift mode to increase efficiency, by reducing pumping losses. Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), an eight-speed transmission, and a stop-start system also contributed to its efficiency 9.6 km/liter fuel-efficiency rating and four-star emissions rating.

Jeep is currently Japan’s top-selling U.S. car brand, thanks to a 32% leap in sales during 2016 (to 9,388).  U.S.-specification 2015 Grand Cherokee shown.

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