In an effort to keep up with the ever stringent guidelines set by C.A.F.E., Chrysler is planning on introducing diesel engines to American customers. The C.A.F.E. regulations state that the average fuel-economy of automakers needs to be at least 34.4 MPG by 2016. In the interest of marketing, Chrysler has chosen to give the name EcoDiesel to their new line of fuel-efficient powerplants.
Chrysler plans to introduce the EcoDiesel in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300. Both of these models will feature a 3.0 liter, turbocharged V6 engine that runs on diesel fuel. As a turbocharged diesel engine, it will have exceptional torque (estimated at 406 lb-ft) and around 241 horsepower.
A version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee from European and International markets has already proven highly successful and gets 23 city- and 33 highway-MPG. It is expected that these numbers will only increase with the introduction of Chrysler’s new 8-speed transmission.