2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Reappears on Dealer Lots, Configurator Website [News]

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesels have been under scrutiny for alleged emissions cheating. [Photo: FCA]

EPA ratings for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel are available.

For those who were waiting for the EPA to clear the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel for sale, your wait is over. Recently, TFL learned that 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models were available on diesel lots. Not only that, but the 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine was available as a powertrain option on the site’s configurator. The engine is available as a $4,500 option on the Limited, Sterling Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude and Summit trim levels.

Fiat-Chrysler stated that production for the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel started a few months ago, which would line up with the model’s recent return to dealership lots. A local dealer here in Colorado stated they had just started receiving EcoDiesel models again, and the first delivery of a 2018 model to a customer was a few days ago.

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. [Photo: FCA]

Settlement is still pending

Last year, the EPA lodged a civil complaint against Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. The complaint alleges the company used defeat devices on approximately 104,000 light duty diesel vehicles. Specifically, 2014-2016 model Ram and Grand Cherokee models were under scrutiny for violating the Clean Air Act. FCA has not admitted wrongdoing in regard to allegations brought forth by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Despite the EPA reportedly offering to settle the matter back in February, the company has been in settlement talks with U.S. government agencies, but has not yet reached a formal settlement as of June 2018.

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. [Photo: FCA]
The EPA has released fuel economy figures for 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models. Official numbers peg the two-wheel drive EcoDiesel at 22 city / 30 highway / 25 combined mpg. Four-wheel drive models manage 21 city / 28 highway / 24 mpg. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque in the Grand Cherokee. That allows drivers to tow up to 7,400 pounds (7,200 with two-wheel drive models).

The MSRP for a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited EcoDiesel starts at $41,940 before destination charges. If you’re looking to buy the more off-road worthy Trailhawk, that’s available from $47,040 and up. Stay tuned for more updates!

Update 6/29/18: Added comment from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.