Chrysler has been testing out many different options when it comes to meeting the new fuel economy standards in 2016. There was the two-mode hybrid Ram pickup, a hydraulic-hybrid minivan, and they are even working on compressed natural gas vehicles. But none of these are likely to be ready for production come 2016.
Well, since they are already building a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee for Europe, why not build one for America? Yes, the U.S. diesel restrictions are far tougher than even Europe, and diesel does cost more in America as well. But in a large vehicle like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a diesel engine, with all that torque, will certainly get better gas mileage than any typical gas engine.
The diesel engine in question is a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel, which offers just 224 horsepower but a stump-pulling 406 ft-lbs of torque. Chrysler may even offer this engine in the 300/Charger large sedan, Ram 1500 pickup, and other larger vehicles. Chrysler offers an even smaller 2.8 liter diesel engine in its European mini-vans. That leaves Ford as the only American automaker that will not offer a diesel engine outside of its full-size pickup line. Is America finally ready to embrace diesel engines? This writer certainly hopes so.
Source: Car & Driver
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.