Monday, July 9, 2012

Chrysler's New Eco-Diesel: Oxymoron or Redeemer

Chrysler is set to roll out its new Eco-Diesel Tag to certain Jeep Chrysler Dodge models. Expect it to come in the next few years (2014) and it brings a whole new light to the diesel fuel efficiency. Tagged as "clean diesel" it will be featured first on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Quoted from GreenCarReports "Sources within Chrysler say that the 3.0-liter turbo diesel already available in Jeeps overseas will hit the U.S. market next year." The engine which is already featured in European models will have a 3.0 liter engine. This turbocharged beast will feature 241 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque.Right now it is paired with a five speed transmission but a eight-speed auto has been rumored but unclear if the new diesel engine will be used in with the auto. 

Where is Really Counts
The Eco-diesel engine will help boost the Jeep Grand Cherokees miles per gallon fuel efficiency as well as any other car this engine inhabits. It should allow the Grand Cherokee to consummate up to 33 mpg on the highway, as well as 23 mpg in the city (5 speed). That's much better than the 15 mpg i got on my jeep 2004 Jeep. 

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