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Diesels on their way

by David Zatz on

Even as GM confirmed a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze, an Allpar reader has spotted a 2011 Chrysler 300 in the Detroit area with a diesel engine under the hood. While the car could be destined for Europe as the Lancia Thema, testing for such a vehicle would likely be done in Italy by Lancia itself, indicating that a VM diesel may be in the 300’s future.

Other than this sighting from a reliable source, there have been no rumors of an American-market Chrysler 300 diesel. However, the premium nature of the car would allow for the pricier powerplant. The 3-liter VM diesel used in Europe produces 190 or 241 hp depending on configuration, with 405 lb-ft of torque — more torque than the gasoline-powered 300C, albeit with far less horsepower than the V6. Gas mileage is expected to be roughly 26-29 mpg, combined.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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