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Chrysler News: Rumorpile: The Mystery of the DeTomaso Diesel Engine

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Here's a bit of head scratcher. A member of the Allpar.com forum did a bit of poking around Chrysler's secure dealer site, DealerConnect and found an interesting configuration for the 2015 200. The site listed a a 2.2L 16-valve “DeTomaso” turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Now Automotive News was able to confirm the existence of this engine on the site.

So what could this engine be? Well Automotive News has learned that Alfa Romeo is working a 2.2L turbodiesel producing somewhere between 135 and 210 horsepower. If Alfa Romeo was to share this engine, it would give the Volkswagen Passat TDI some much needed competition. But what the “DeTomaso” name? This is speculated to be a red herring to throw people off.

Chrysler's powertrain spokesman Eric Mayne denied the existence of the engine when asked about it.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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Wonder if the company that started back in the 50's could be trying to come back by building quality engines?

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