Chrysler 200 May Get a Diesel Engine

2015 Chrysler 200 May Get a Diesel Engine - ChryslerDealerNY

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 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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Will the Chrysler 300 Get a Diesel Engine?

exterior_112If there is one thing that I’ve been reading a lot of in the news recently concerning Chrysler, it’s the word diesel.  Much has been said about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee having an EcoDiesel engine, which hasn’t been offered since 2009.  The new Ram 1500 will be getting diesel as well.  I picture an Oprah-like scene at their headquarters, “You get a diesel, you get a diesel; everyone gets a diesel!!”

The next possibility is the Chrysler 300.  Ward’s Auto asked Saad Chehab, Chrysler President, if the 300 will be getting a diesel engine.  He said that it’s still being considered and may be awhile before any official announcement.  What Chrysler is trying to figure out is if it’s even worth the money to make this happen.

“It’s a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium.  That’s the only issue with it.”  Chehab said.

What may help the 300 get this new engine is that the 2014 Chrysler 200 is rumored to have a diesel engine with its new redesign.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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