Everyone has been waiting for news about Chrysler’s plans to bring their Diesel models to the states and the news is out. The chosen brand name for the new line of diesel models on their way to the United States is “EcoDiesel” and the artwork shown was registered with the U.S. Patents and Trademark office in June. Notice the “3.0L” nomenclature which is a huge hint that gives away the displacement of what the first rendition we can expect to see.
Did you get the hint? The first diesel engine, as speculated earlier in the year is to be a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6. This engine is expected to be a powerplant and as we all know, Fiat owns the controlling shares of Chrysler and had its hand in the development of the engine and an Italian firm, VM Motori, will be building it which doesn’t leave hope for American autoworkers to get any additional work from building this engine although they may get some work in assembling it although we don’t know projects that will be at this point.
Chrysler/Fiat report that the engine will offer an impressive 241 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. The first vehicle this engine should make its starring appearance in is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with a five speed automatic gearbox. Rumor has it that the expected EPA fuel economy should be at about 23 city miles per gallon and 33 highway miles per gallon. This is a significant improvement over the current Cherokee that uses regular gas and gets 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. This will have to wait however until a new ZF sourced eight speed automatic is developed as the automaker wants to offer a gearbox that will improve fuel economy and acceleration. We should expect to see something for the 2014 models.
Source Motor Authority