The new 2.2-liter oil burner delivers 185-200 horsepower, depending on configuration.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has introduced a new diesel engine for the Euro-spec Jeep Cherokee.The midsize crossover was introduced in Europe with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder MultiJet oil burner, delivering up to 170 horsepower.
The company has now added the newer 2.2-liter MultiJet II engine, available in two configurations with output ratings of 185 or 200 ponies. The torque curve is said to be significantly improved, with a maximum rating of 325 lb-ft.
Despite the extra power, fuel efficiency has been improved with the new mill. FCA promises a combined rating of up to 49.6 mpg, according to the more generous European driving cycles.
The 185-horsepower variant will be available on the Longitude and Longitude+ trim levels and paired with the company's Active Drive I four-wheel-drive system, bringing the crossover up to 62 mph from a standstill in 8.8 seconds and topping out at 125 mph. The 200-horsepower edition, matched to the same drivetrain on the Limited trim, is slightly quicker with an 8.5-second sprint and a 127-mph top speed. Opting for the Active Drive II system, which adds low-range gearing and hill-descent control, can reach 62 mph in 8.7 seconds.
FCA has not indicated any plans to bring the new diesel engine to the US market.