Chrysler 300 Diesel May Come To America


2013-chrysler-300-dieselWithout hybrids or EVs, Chrysler will have a hard time meeting upcoming fuel economy standards set by the U.S. government. But Chrysler has an ace up its sleeve; the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6, which debuted in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and will be coming to Ram pickups as well. There is also rumor that the Chrysler 300 diesel may cross the pond from Europe and be for sale in America. But will luxury car buyers bite?

Chrysler already sells a diesel-powered version of the 300 in most of Europe (as the Lancia Thema), which has even tighter emissions standards and much higher gas prices. Since diesel engines are more efficient, even a large car like the 300 can get respectable gas mileage with a turbodiesel engine. But these engines carry a hefty price premium.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel will cost $7,500 more than the standard gas model. Then again, it also gets about 30 mpg highway, a 7 mpg improvement over the gas model, though it will still take many years and thousands of miles to recoup the cost difference.

If Chrysler thinks buyers will pay that kind of premium, then you can bet the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel will migrate over to the Chrysler 300, where it could return 40 mpg or better on the highway. With the standard 3.6 liter gas engine and eight-speed transmission, the Chrysler 300 already gets a respectable 31 mpg. But the EcoDiesel engine, with its 240 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque, is a bit more…powerful.

Do you think a diesel engine is coming to the Chrysler 300, and if so, how much extra would you be willing to pay for it?

Source: Wards Auto

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  • Jason Carpp

    That’s crazy! A Chrysler 300 Diesel? I hope it makes it here to the United States. It may not be for everyone, but if it were made available here in the USA, I wouldn’t mind paying extra for it. I’m sure there are people who would be willing and able to pay for a diesel-powered Chrysler performance car.

  • I’d rather pay that same premium and get a plug-in hybrid with lots of motor torque rather than just a diesel

    • Marko Germani

      It depends. On highway at constant speed, a hybrid is nearly useless. OTOH, for short, stop&go trips, a plug-in is the best choice. It really depends on the “mission profile”. Don’t dismiss diesel engines, though. Here in Europe they race head to head with hybrids in terms of both costs and mileage, especially for SUV’s, large sedans, SW and minivans, where it is easy to absorb the added costs of exhaust cleaning systems and, given the high average load, the greater efficiency really makes a tangible difference. And they are generally more “sporty” to drive than hybrids.

      • It sounds like you are talking about the old hybrids. Hybrids achieve much better fuel-efficiency than non-hybrids during highway driving. Look at their highway fuel-efficiency figures.

      • Most real hybrids (not mild hybrid junk) have Atkinson cycle engines which are close to efficiency of diesels so highway MPG improves versus a conventional car and city too

        • Marko Germani

          Yes, but you still carry along hundreds of pounds of batteries and stuff you actually don’t need on highway.

          • Thank you for the PDF, I am coincidentally trying to understand Toyota’s HSD. Luckily there is that pdf and youtube videos that show breakdown videos and HSD repairs and also the wiki page.

            I thought the Prius and other Toyota/Lexus hybrids could operate in parallel hybrid mode or serial hybrid mode since it is a full hybrid. Parallel is what gives the 49MPG highway along with Atkinson cycle.

            I agree that people who don’t regularly drive on a lot of steep hills or manage their momentum well don’t really need the city benefits of hybrids. So I hope that Honda really does release their 2L and smaller Earth Dreams engines that can act as an Atkinson cycle engine or OTTO cycle engine on the fly with valve behavior. So it can have power or economy on demand, kind of like what they did with their lean-burn engines in the past. Then curb weight stays a bit lower than if it was a hybrid.
            But I’d still probably get the hybrid for that extra safety in a crash and MPG and as long as it handles well around corners with good steering feedback (a common problem with untuned EPS) and good brake control and decent oomph.
            Waiting for either Honda’s engine magic or Toyota’s lean burn turbocharged AWD Prius prototype.
            Truth is I’ll stick with my 1999 Civic automatic until it dies which is never.

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