driveline change will combine a ZF eight-speed automatic, built in the US, with a 3.0-litre turbo diesel fromVMMotori, a Fiatowned company.
It’s one of a growing number of synergies expected as Fiat applies its muscle through the Chrysler group it now controls.
But the change for Australia will be less dramatic, because the Grand Cherokee already comes with a diesel engine choice in addition to the newage 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that was developed specifically for use in the latest model.
‘‘ We already offer a dieselengine variant of the Grand Cherokee here in Australia, which is currently mated to a five-speed transmission,’’ says Jeep’s Lenore Fletcher.
‘‘ This variant is extremely popular, with demand sometimes outstripping supply.
‘‘ We have several updates planned for the Grand Cherokee in the next 12 months, and we are certainly interested in this new transmission.’’