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US to get smaller diesels

by David Zatz on

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Today, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said that Americans could expect not only the new 3-liter VM diesel found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but also smaller-displacement diesel engines. Joking that a three liter diesel was “enough to tow this building,” Marchionne pointed out that there were opportunities for smaller diesels.

Chrysler has sold diesel-powered cars in Europe for decades, with minivans, Jeeps, and large cars powered by VM four-cylinder engines. While these engines currently do not appear to meet American emissions rules, Fiat Powertrain does make four-cylinder diesels which are compliant with American laws.

Many observers expect the Ram 1500 to be the first Chrysler Group vehicle other than Grand Cherokee to get the three-liter VM powerplant, especially since there have been serious plans to provide a Ram 1500 diesel for at least five years, starting with a Cummins V6. Many expect the Jeep Wrangler to also gain diesel power, though that would most likely be a four-cylinder; Wranglers sold in Europe have four-cylinder VM diesels.

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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