The diesel engine came into the market because of the demand from consumers. They wanted a diesel engine on a Ram truck and when Ram finally delivered, they flocked to it. It has been a huge win for the company, so it would stand to reason they’d start seeing if a diesel engine was possible elsewhere. With the 2015 Chrysler 200 being the newest hit for the company, maybe it is time to explore the diesel option for a sedan.
Auto Evolution is reporting that Chrysler has a 2.2-liter diesel engine for the new sedan. The codename attached to the project is “DeTomaso” a nod to the Italian automaker.
This discovery was uncovered by Allpar.com doing some digging around in the back end of DealerConnect. It then lead Autonews on a “ghost hunt” as they referred to it. While the engine was indeed showing up still on DealerConnect, Chrysler was unwilling to confirm they had found a smoking gun. However, a colleague confirmed that Alfa Romeo was indeed working on a 2.2-liter turbodiesel that would be fit for a 200 should the company be nice and bring it state-side.
It sounds like an engine does exist, one that would work but it begs the question of should the company make a diesel option for the Chrysler 200? I don’t see a good reason not to. The diesel engines for the 1500 and Jeeps have been popular. It seems that drivers really like the idea of having that option. I don’t know if diesel users would spring for a sedan, but it might not hurt to try it out.
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