Yesterday morning the American automaker marked its presence on the Indian soil by launching two of its prominent SUVs. The same day this American manufacturer announced to bring a petrol counterpart of the launched SUVs. Yes, you read it right, Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee Petrol is on cards and will be launched in India by this November. Currently, the Grand Cherokee diesel is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine in the Summit and Limited trims. While the performance oriented variant Cherokee SRT is equipped with a mighty 6.4-litre Hemi V8 diesel engine. On the other hand, the Wrangler Unlimited is powered with a 2.8-litre engine with 200 hp power output.
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As the Indian market has recently witnessed a ban of diesel engines, the American automaker is not sure about the certainty of the diesel line-up and thus looking forward to bring Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee petrol variants. Further, the global portfolio of this American automaker is biased towards petrol models and as these SUVs are imported for now, bringing the petrol variants along will not take much time. According to officials, the Jeep Wrangler petrol variant will be powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine which will generate a maximum power of 285 hp and peak torque of 353 Nm. The Grand Cherokee petrol variant will be equipped with a same engine capacity of 3.6-litre but with power figures measuring 295 hp and peak torque clocking 353 Nm.
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For Wrangler petrol variant, the engine will get a 5-speed automatic transmission while it will be 8-speed automatic for Cherokee petrol variant. Both the petrol variants will be priced a bit lower than the diesel variants and will rival the recently launched Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC petrol. Considering the pricing strategy of Jeep for diesel variants, it has to be seen that how competitively the company frame the pricing strategy for the petrol variants to mark a strong presence in the respective segment.