The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6-equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee is kind enough to the environment to qualify for Japan’s Eco-Car tax break. The mid-size SUV is only the second American, gasoline-powered SUV to qualify for the incentive – the first being the 3.2-liter V6 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
The key to the Grand Cherokee’s efficiency is its two-step variable valve lift system, which remains in low-lift mode until the customer demand more power. This feature, along with the cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, fuel-saving engine stop-start and an eight-speed automatic transmission, help make the Grand Cherokee achieve its 4-star emissions rating in Japan – a key requirement of the Eco-Car tax program.
“This achievement reaffirms the flagship status that Grand Cherokee enjoys among SUVs in the global market,” said global Jeep brand boss Mike Manley. “In the wake of the Cherokee’s breakthrough, it also proves – as we say in off-road driving – that only a Jeep can follow another Jeep.”
Japan’s Eco-Car Tax incentive will be worth anywhere between ¥58,000 to ¥66,000 to Japanese Grand Cherokee buyers, equivalent to about $500-$575 USD. This may not seem like much, however Jeep is the top-selling SUV brand in Japan, so this should end up saving a good quantity of consumers some cash on their Jeep purchase and just may influence some buyers’ decisions.