By William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
April 3, 2013
Chrysler is on a bit of a diesel kick by introducing three different vehicles with the choice of a diesel engine: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500, and the new Ram ProMaster. But there could be a forth model getting a diesel engine.
Chrysler president and CEO Saad Chehab told Wards Auto that the company is investigating the possibility of a diesel powered Chrysler 300, but a decision is way off. In Europe, the Chrysler 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema and comes with the option of a 3.0L Diesel V6 built by VM Motori, the same company that will be building the diesel engine for the Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500.
“I think that we are in talks about the diesels because the Thema has a diesel in Europe anyway. It’s a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium. That’s the only issue with it,” said Chehab.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee will use a 3.0L Turbodiesel V6 making 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic. This engine adds about $7,500 to the price of a Grand Cherokee.
Source: Wards Auto