• Dec 17th 2010 at 5:59PM
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Chrysler is looking at a diesel version of the Jeep Compass, or its replacement due in 2013 for the States, according to company officials.

The newly refreshed Jeep Compass (which we reviewed earlier today), which goes on sale in early 2011 in the U.S., Europe and other markets, will be offered in some places with a Mercedes-Benz 122kW/320Nm 2.2-liter turbo-diesel (164 horsepower/236 pound-feet) that has a claimed average of 6.6 liters/100km (around 43 mpg).

The diesel for the U.S., though would be a Fiat engine, according to officials who spoke to us on background. If the company decided to do it, it would likely show up in the Compass/Patriot replacement, due two years from now, built off a modified engineering platform derived from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

The interest in diesels for the U.S. is always controversial. Volkswagen sells close to 40,000 Jetta and Golf TDI models per year. European automakers always try and make a case for diesels in the U.S. to extend their investments made for EU markets and to boost sales, but it isn't clear if VW is making any money on these sales in the States.

Despite the fact that diesel prices can run higher in the U.S. than regular gas, a reverse of the situation in Europe, there is a dedicated and slowly growing base of enthusiasts for clean diesel in America.

The price of a diesel Compass would be close to $28,000, including the upmarket all-wheel drive package.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the problem is if they can offer to sell diesels with very little overhead since they already produce them in Europe besides the certification cost of them...

      Just like most cars have 2 engine options in gas (a base version focused towards MPG and a bigger engine oriented towards more power and performance) they would need to do the same on a diesel to really show that diesel can be fun as well as frugal. Once Diesels spread to the performance side of things, the mainstream will take note.

      Fiat makes some great Diesels... I'd really like to see them offer it in the Wrangler and Gladiator!!! :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fiat van I use for my business is a 2.8JTDi, its a great unit, very low emissions, bags of torque, 130 BHP, smooth and frugal on fuel. Its a 3.5 metric tonne van that will pull 100 mph but at a steady 70 will return 35- 40 mpg. So dropping a Fiat engine is not a bad option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me that package with something other than the CVT and I'm sold.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +10000 Map.

        A diesel with a good transmission would be the absolute best thing imaginable to separate the Patriot/Compass from the wannabe RAV-4s and CR-Vs of the world.

        Keep the Trail Rated package with low range gearing, add diesel and good transmission for fuel economy.

        I couldn't afford $28K, but I think a lot of people would be happy to finally get a diesel in a more practical package. And I would be happy just with a better transmission...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen. Jeep, just do it. Diesel with a manual or automatic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me too !! I've been holding on to my 2003 Jeep waiting for a small 4x4 diesel. Jeep, Ford, Mahindra ? Anything.... as long as it burns diesel and has a manual trans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think a diesel/cvt combination would be ideal. My old Golf TDI at least really was nicest to drive at its torque peak around 2000 rpm. Pushing it to higher revs always made it feel reluctant and less satisfying. I would think that using the CVT to change the gear ratio rather than the rpm would allow you to keep the engine in its sweet spot almost all the time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        6.6 L/100km is 43 MPG?
        By those calculations, my Jetta TDI gets over 65 MPG!!

        But unfortunately it doesn't - you got your calculations wrong and converted 6.6 L/100km into Imperial MPG and not US MPG.

        6.6 L/100km is about 35.5 US MPG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does the red in the Compass photo featured in this post look liked it's been brutally photoshopped red?
      • 4 Years Ago
      PLEASE!! I would be overjoyed if we got that in a diesel. I love diesels. My '05 Passat TDI has 165k and is still going strong. Long live diesels!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The diesel for the U.S., though would be a Fiat engine, according to officials who spoke to us on background."

      That's some great English right there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bravo FIAT/Jeep/Chrysler on the diesel move! Imho a diesel version
      should be available for all trucks, crossovers, SUV's, CUV's and
      what have you, from all manufacturers. Cars too of course but it's
      UNPARDONABLE that ANY kind of truck isn't also at least available
      with at least one diesel option. EPA or whoever should not allow ANY
      new truck to be introduced unless a diesel is available for it too and
      not just gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler has made big leaps with limited resources and starting out with really weak offerings sadly in need of make overs. Still no beauty, but a big improvement. The interior, probably the area where Chrysler had fallen furthest from the field, is very good looking. Definitely, without a moment's doubt, Jeep should put a diesel in this. As soon as possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW sold 40,000 diesels because that's all they allotted the US market. I don't recall them shipping any back for lack of sales, but I do remember them having to give back deposits because they couldn't supply the cars.

      I think they almost have to move toward diesels to get their fuel economy up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy one tomorrow.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to be really bummed if they do it, it sells poorly because of the vehicle it is in, and then write off diesel for other vehicles (like the Wrangler!).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler still don't get it, put a diesel in the Wrangler, at least people are screaming for that option. I wouldn't wast my time on a compass or patriot especially a trail rated LOL.
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