The all-new Jeep Cherokee diesel just debuted at 84th Geneva Motor Show and it’s packing a small 2.0-liter Multijet II Turbo Diesel engine with Stop/Start technology while delivering 170 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. The newest engine in the Cherokee lineup boasts higher fuel efficiency while still kicking out enough power to blast around town or in the backcountry. While many enthusiasts are still very skeptical of the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, that hasn’t stopped mid-size SUV buyers from grabbing them up. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee sold more than 29,000 units within the first two months so there is a market for these pint sized commuter/wheelers.
The 2.0-Liter Multijet II Turbo Diesel is backed by the new ZF nine-speed automatic transmission, something that hasn’t been seen before in the mid-size SUV segment. The Cherokee will also be offered with a lower output version of the 2.0-liter Turbo Diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower while still producing the same amount of torque as the higher output version. Both are available with Stop/Start technology but if you want the ZF nine-speed automatic, you’ll need to go for the higher output version because the lower output version is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee features three different types of four-wheel drive settings to choose from along with a rear axle disconnect which improves fuel efficiency and uses 4WD only when necessary. We can honestly tell you that this system works pretty darn well from the testing we’ve done.
Sadly, this diesel powered Cherokee isn’t meant for us here in the United States of America as it was designed for the European market. Although fuel economy numbers are yet to be released, we hope this new diesel powered Cherokee finds its way back home to our shores so we can see what this little diesel engine can do both on and off-road.
The all-new diesel powered Jeep Cherokee will be available in Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels in all European markets during the second quarter of 2014.