With the diesel versions priced much higher than the expectation, it is yet to be seen how the American carmaker prices the petrol models.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee & Wrangler petrol models will come with a 295bhp, 3.6-litre V6 and a 285bhp, 3.6-litre V6 engines respectively,
With the launch of Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited SUVs, Jeep marked its presence in the Indian market. At the launch event, FCA India CEO, Kevin Flynn had confirmed that the company imported petrol versions of the both the SUVs for homologation purpose. According to a report of Autocar, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler’s petrol models will go on sale in the next month (i.e. December, 2016). Since the global product lineup of Jeep has petrol engines, it won’t be an issue for the carmaker to introduce them within short duration.
Powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee petrol will be a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine paired to a 8-speed automatic transmission. This motor is capable of producing power worth 285bhp against 353Nm of peak torque. One must note here that the high-performance version of the Grand Cherokee – SRT – is already available with a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 petrol powertrain. On the other hand, the Jeep Wrangler petrol will come fitted with a 3.6-litre V6 motor. This gasoline motor, with a 5-speed automatic gearbox, delivers a maximum power output of 285bhp and 353Nm of torque.
As a matter of course, the petrol trims of Jeep SUVs will be priced on lower notch than their diesel counterparts. While the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel is priced between Rs 93.64 lakh – Rs 1.12 crore, the Wrangler Unlimited diesel is made available at Rs 71.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the diesel versions priced much higher than the expectation, it is yet to be seen how the American carmaker prices the petrol models. Though, reports say that petrol iterations of the Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee could be around Rs 18 lakh – Rs 20 lakh and Rs 15 lakh cheaper than their diesel counterparts respectively.