The petrol iterations of both these models will be powered by a 3.6-litre V6
After a long wait, the Jeep brand has finally been launched in India earlier today. The American car maker has brought the Wrangler Unlimited and the Grand Cherokee to Indian shores, but just with a diesel powerplant. The only petrol Jeep available in the market currently is the flagship Grand Cherokee SRT which uses a 468bhp 6.4-litre Hemi V8 petrol unit. That however is expected to change in the near future as Jeep intends to bring in the Wrangler Unlimited and the Grand Cherokee with a petrol powerplant as well.
Jeep has imported the gasoline iterations of the Wrangler as well as the Grand Cherokee for homologation. With the recently lifted Delhi diesel ban in mind, the Fiat Chrysler subsidiary thought it best to give its customers the option of a petrol powered model as well. Moreover, considering that all Jeep models are currently being brought in as Completely Built Units (CBUs) it won’t be much of a hassle for them to introduce their petrol versions too.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as well as the Grand Cherokee will come with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol unit. While in the Wrangler this unit will make power of 281 horses, in the Grand Cherokee it is expected to make a marginally better 290bhp. However, both these cars will make identical maximum torque of 353Nm. The Grand Cherokee will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission while the Wrangler will come fitted with a 5-speed autobox.
Both petrol iterations of the Wrangler as well as the Grand Cherokee are expected to be priced cheaper than their diesel counterparts. While the prices of the diesel variants is on the higher side, what remains to be seen is how ‘affordable’ can Jeep price the petrol variants at.