Unfortunately for Canadian diesel fans the 2014 Cherokee Diesel won’t be debuting at the Chicago Auto Show for sale in North America, but will instead be debuting at Geneva Auto Show in March for sale – initially at least – only in Europe. It does, however, raise the possibility that a North American Cherokee Diesel might eventually be offered here to replace the old Liberty Diesel.
With the exception of a few minor tweaks to satisfy European regulatory requirements, the Cherokee offered across the Atlantic will be essentially identical to the version offered here.
The other two options are both efficient diesel powertrains: either a 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel producing 140 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or a more powerful version of the same engine that cranks out 170 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes paired with the same nine-speed automatic offered with the gasoline engine. Both diesels
The European Jeep Cherokee will be offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, in Longitude and Limited trim levels. For serious off-roaders, Jeep will also offer the “trail-rated” Trailhawk package.
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