The 2016 Jeep Cherokee TrailHawk with Fiat Chrysler’s 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 has become the first-ever American-made, American-branded gasoline car to qualify for Japan’s eco-friendly car tax incentive.
Cars must meet certain fuel-efficiency and emissions-level requirements in order to qualify for a ¥58,000 tax break in Japan. With its 10.3-km/L fuel-efficiency rating and 4-star emissions rating in the country, the Cherokee TrailHawk will qualify for the incentive when it goes on sale in Japan in May.
“At Jeep, we don’t sacrifice operating efficiency for capability,” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley said in a prepared statement. “This achievement vindicates our efforts to deliver products that resonate in a highly complex industry climate.”
The 3.2-liter Pentstar V6, which is rated at 272 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, shares many of basic design features as the larger 3.6-liter Pentastar engine but benefits from slightly better fuel economy and emissions. In the Cherokee TrailHawk, its efficiency is improved with a standard engine start-stop system and nine-speed automatic transmission.