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Chrysler working on diesel engine for sedans?

Chrysler working on diesel engine for sedans?

 

Eagle eyed journalists at Automotive News found an
interesting engine option for the 2015 Chrysler 200 last week that may point to
a new diesel engines for Chrysler sedans in the not too distant future.

The listing was for a 2.2-litre diesel "De Tomaso" engine in
the 2015 Chrysler 200 configuration page. It was one of the engine options on
the non-public dealer website DealerConnect. While we can't comment ourselves,
other car fans soon confirmed the finding.

To add fuel to the fire, Alfa Romeo, another Fiat brand, are
working on a diesel engine to power their own sedans. This is a 2.2-litre
diesel engine said to produce somewhere in the region of 210 hp. This engine
could quite easily be added to the Chrysler 200 to add a little flavour to the
model.

With many rivals adding diesel to their North American
lineup, it isn't inconceivable that Chrysler could be doing the same. Fiat
makes plenty of diesel variants for their European markets, as do all other
automakers. Fuel prices, tough gas mileage limits and perceived value drive
strong diesel engine sales across Europe. With tougher gas mileage targets coming
here in North America too, it is a distinct possibility that we will get this
engine.

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) are driving innovation
and effort to improve gas mileage across the board. With definite gas mileage
advantages provided by diesel engines, it is one avenue of exploration for
automakers.

However, the Chrysler 200 is already getting two new
engines. The current 2.0-litre engine is getting a new Hurricane variant at some
point. The current 2.4-litre has already been upgraded to Tigershark. Both
offer performance and improved gas mileage, so is a diesel really needed?

Not necessarily in terms of meeting the new targets but yes
in terms of competition. With the likes of Volkswagen offering diesel variants
of its sedans, our own brands need to compete to keep up. While we're still not
as in love with diesel as our European cousins, there is a growing appetite for
it.

Add to that the fact that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected
to feature a 2.2-litre diesel engine along with a new eight-speed transmission
and you have potential here. Diesel would definitely work for an off-roader as
the increased torque available really is a game changer.

Chrysler won't confirm anything about this listing as yet.
If they do, or if we learn anything more, we'll be sure to let you know!

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