Chrysler is on a bit of a diesel kick these days with the new Grand Cherokee and RAM 1500, and the newest product being considered for an oil burner is the Chrysler 300.
According to brand president and CEO Saad Chehab, Chrysler is investigating the possibility of a diesel powered 300, although plans have yet to solidify. In Europe, the 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema, which includes a diesel option.
“I think that we are in talks about the diesels because the Thema has a diesel in Europe anyway,” Chehab told Ward’s Auto. “It’s a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium. That’s the only issue with it.”
The new 2014 Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that makes 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, though to bump up to the diesel engine it is a $7,500 premium. The brand’s SUV already has some similarities to the 300, in that both are rear-wheel drive and use eight-speed transmissions.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
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