Gear­ing up

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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.’’

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