Signaling just how serious Jeep is about its plans for global growth, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be introduced at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine under its hood. The four-cylinder unit will be mated to the Chrysler Group’s nine-speed automatic transmission, and also feature a stop/start system for even more efficiency. Just what that means in terms of miles per gallon isn’t clear yet, but Jeep did note that the engine will serve up 170 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
And while the brand hasn’t committed to selling the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in this country with its new diesel engine, Jeep will build that model here, at its manufacturing complex in Toledo, Ohio. In other words, it should be no difficult task for Jeep to get that diesel engine into the hands—and Cherokees—of U.S. drivers. Much will depend on the success of the Chrysler Group’s other new diesel products, like the diesel variants of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and RAM 1500, so let’s also use that duo as benchmarks for a little thought experiment.
Now, admittedly, this is fairly rough math, but in the case of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep managed to increase its fuel economy by about 29 percent city/20 percent highway/25 percent combined in moving from its most efficient gas engine to its diesel powerplant; the Ram enjoyed EPA jumps of about 18 percent/12 percent/15 percent. That would mean a U.S.-spec 2014 Jeep Cherokee running on diesel would be projected for between 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway/31 mpg combined and 26/35/29.
Those numbers did use the two-wheel-drive version of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee as their starting points, but it’s worth noting that the European model can be ordered with the brand’s latest four-wheel-drive technology, featuring rear-axle-disconnect for additional fuel-economy gains. (It can be ordered with a “low-output” version of its diesel engine as well, for perhaps more green benefits, but there’s even less data available about that powerplant.)
Regardless, here in the United States, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is on sale now with pricing that starts at $22,995.