Chrysler is taking a page out of Ford’s playbook and will surprise and delight Japan with their “latest version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, which features Chrysler’s new Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine,” if The Nikkei [sub] is not mistaken.
Chrysler Japan has hopes for the new Grand Cherokee that was just release in the U.S. As a nod to the thrifty and CO2 conscious Japanese, Chrysler points out that the Pentastar V6, gives the Grand Cherokee boasts 30 percent better fuel economy than the existing Grand Cherokee with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Overabundant horsepower will be sacrificed.
According to the Nikkei, “Chrysler Group plans to switch to the new engine in other models that now use other V-6 engines, and Chrysler Japan will release these vehicles here as they become available.”
Chrysler Japan has boutique status in Japan. Their sales in 2009 were around 1,800. Says the Nikkei: “By emphasizing the Jeep brand, Chrysler Japan aims to boost overall sales to the 5,000-unit level in 2014.” Audacious plans.