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US to get smaller diesels

by David Zatz on


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.

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