Was it new CAFE rules that killed off the Chrysler Imperial?
Chrysler already offers a diesel engine in the 300 in Europe. Being that the Imperial was to be based on the same platform, a diesel is likely to fit in the engine bay. Also, Jeep offers a perfect candidate in the Mercedes designed diesel V6 in the Grand Cherokee. Additionally, hybrid drivetrains utilizing the Hemi engine are already slated for North America. The Hemi engine already includes cylinder deactivation, which could carry over to the hybrid as well. In such a low volume vehicle with a likely high profit margin such as the Imperial, these drivetrains could almost certainly have been offered in an attempt to offset the fuel mileage problem. Additionally, the more vehicles that these drivetrains are offered in, the less they should cost the automaker in the end. So, how much did new fuel standards impact their decision? Good question.
[Source: Detroit News]
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