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Jeep Grand Cherokee diesels to hit dealers next month

by Andrew Ganz

Jeep\'s much-delayed Grand Cherokee diesel will be in dealers in October.

The first Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesels will begin arriving in dealerships across the United States next month, the automaker confirmed to MG.

Diesel-powered, U.S.-market 2014 model year Grand Cherokees are finally rolling off the automaker's assembly line in Detroit.

Marking only the second time that a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee has been offered to American buyers, the EcoDiesel has been absent in Jeep dealers since the redesigned Grand Cherokee hit the market in March. Early reports that the EcoDiesel would go on sale shortly after gas-powered V6 and V8 Grand Cherokees arrived, but, about seven months on, those are the only engines shoppers can currently buy.

Delays have also hit the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which uses the same engine as the Grand Cherokee. Originally set to be on the market this fall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been to early next year.

Opting for the diesel engine in a Grand Cherokee isn't a cheap move, even if it does bring with it reduced fuel consumption. The engine itself adds $4,500 to the price of a Grand Cherokee Limited, and even then it requires selection of a $3,000 Luxury Group II package. That makes the least expensive 4x4 diesel Grand Cherokee over $46,000.

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