Chrysler
appears to have chosen "EcoDiesel" as its branded name for a new line of diesel models set to arrive in the States. The artwork above was registered with the U.S. Patents and Trademark office just last month, with the "3.0L" nomenclature denoting the displacement of its first offering.

As we reported at the beginning of this year, Chrysler's first diesel engine will be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The powerplant, jointly developed with Fiat, will reportedly make 241 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Currently mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in other markets, the new oil-burner would deliver an EPA fuel economy equivalent of about 23 city and 33 miles per gallon highway (the Cherokee's current gasoline-fed 3.6-liter V6, also mated to a five-speed, delivers 17 city and 23 highway).

While the bad news is that the automaker is likely going to delay the launch of its diesel models until the 2014 model year to finish development on a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic (a gearbox that promises to deliver improved acceleration and even better fuel economy), the good news is that the automaker will shorten the 2013 model year to allow the 2014 models to arrive as early as January of next year.


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      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      as a Ford guy, I'm jealous. this is cool stuff right here.. as for the name? brilliant, i say. sure, there isn't much "eco" about fossil fuels, but the name is catchy and sounds new, and that's the key. just calling it diesel wouldn't be appealing to americans. tag on that eco, and suddenly we've reinvented the wheel, and people jump all over it.
      Perdaniel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what VW thinks of that, they already used ECOdiesel: http://www.oocities.org/vwecodiesel/mylarge/grille.jpg
        Emilio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Perdaniel
        I think it will be called EcoDiesel not just because of the diesel, but because it will include the 8-Speed and start and stop technology.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        But... but... diesel efficiency is a sham! Et cetera!
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          For cars it is...for trucks and SUVs they make a lot more sense. Still dirtier than gas engines however. Its just a fact.
      empowah
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where'd they get these numbers? You can't just convert European MPG figures to US ones, as the testing cycles are different. 23/33 MPG (US EPA) for the current Grand Cherokee CRD is rather optimistic. For example, Touareg 3.0 TDI gets 33.6/44.8 MPG (urban/extra-urban) in the UK, while it gets 19/28 MPG in the US. Grand Cherokee CRD gets 34.0/39.2 MPG in the UK, so its EPA MPG equivalent would be more like 19/25 MPG. Other six-cylinder "efficient" vehicles of a similar size: X5 xDrive35d: 19/26 MPG ML350 BlueTEC: 20/27 MPG Touareg TDI: 19/28 MPG RX450h AWD: 30/28 MPG
        sanmusa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @empowah
        Don't forget that a gallon in the UK is not the same as a gallon in the US. A US gallon is 3.8 liters. A UK gallon is 4.5 liters. That alone makes mpg comparison between the US and UK very hard to do, and most people skip thus subtlle difference. 1 US gallon is roughly 0.8 Imperial gallon. 32 mpg (imperial) should be 25.6 mpg (US), 39 mpg (imperial) should be 31.2 mpg (US).
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sanmusa
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        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 3.0 CRD is going in the SUV's and trucks like the Ram 1500, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, etc. Fiat would have to bring an EPA certified 4 cylinder diesel for cars.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
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          Spies1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          Edit "Hopefully FIAT will put this in the 200/Charger."
          MyerShift
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          The engine woulda still work for cars. Who says they must be four cylinders?
          jonwil2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          Have Chrysler actually said they will do a Diesel Wrangler or is that just rumor? A Diesel Wrangler would be a hot seller, they would sell more Diesel Wranglers than they ever will Cherokees.
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      http://www.dieselpowermag.com/tech/1208dp_banks_vm_motori_630t_v6_diesel_engine/
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good god people. Quit your griping. Nobody ever looks at the positives, do they? Here we have a very nice SUV in the U.S. with a diesel coming that will get great gas mileage and have plenty of torque. Everyone has been asking for smaller diesels in vehicles other than heavy duty trucks, but when they finally come, everyone starts complaining about pointless things.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cory Haggard
        Define "everyone"? You mean the tiny percentage of American drivers that hang around on auto websites like this?
        inuvik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cory Haggard
        i agree, way too much complaining. I suppose if a manufacturer came out with a "Mr. Fusion" unit like in the movie Back To The Future everybody would be whining about why it doesn't produce 20 "jigawatts" of power.
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if that is close enough to EcoBoost legally for Ford to make any waves since they are both engine names and direct competitors.
        Emilio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mustsvt
        Calm down their bud. Ford wasn't the first to come out with the "ECO" name. If anything, you can say they copied it from GM with their EcoTech.
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          @Emilio
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          Emilio
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Emilio
          I apologize to you Mustsvt, but your name never made me think twice their bud.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Emilio
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          Luke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Emilio
          there*
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's pretty sweet. I hope they build a Dakota replacement with it. Maybe even a Charger AWD diesel.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put "eco" in front of anything and it will increase its sales by 200% here. Now all we need are cars equipped with 6 speed "eco" manuals.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      This EcoDiesel will make a huge dent in the pickup truck market. Improvements in the 2013 Ram will give it industry leading gas mileage and launching an advanced half-ton diesel pickup truck in 2014 will further carry the momentum for Chrysler. More exciting vehicles on the way from Mopar.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        i know that's what people say, but honestly, I don't see Ram taking very much away from Ford and GM. back in 2002, they said the HEMI would really eat into Ford/GM sales... ya, it didn't... Ford sold 1 million F-series in 2003. while having a half-ton diesel is awesome, i highly doubt it will affect Ford & GM much at all.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          I dobut it. The Pentastar V6 is a great improvement over old Mopar powertrains but it's not really class leading compared to other V6s. Ford's Duratec 35 and 37 are bulletproof and have landed Ward's 10 best list multiple times. I'm sure Ford has their own 7 or 8 speed transmission that will be ready to compete with the Ram.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          The Pentastar V6 Ram with the 8 speed is one that will do damage to Ford's marketshare, the diesel is just very profitable icing on the cake.
      Chet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Moar Diesel
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