Chrysler
appears to have chosen "EcoDiesel" as its branded name for a new line of diesel models set to arrive in the States shortly. 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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      http://www.dieselpowermag.com/tech/1208dp_banks_vm_motori_630t_v6_diesel_engine
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      texaco is considering the brand name ecofuel
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        i lol'd
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan might actually be right. I would not be surprised.
        GeorgeS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Good one Dan. LOL That's about how I feel about ecodiesel also.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      In related news, Chrysler also files a trademark on "Polishing a turd".
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I thought they were Italian. Ahh, but they do have a diesel engine plant in Poland, so you may in deed be correct.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      The name is dumb, but that super cool 224 horsepower, 406 lb-ft of torque diesel V6 needs to be dropped into the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler immediately! Especially if they make it B20 capable at the same time. I've repeatedly covered how increasing the MPG by even just a few MPG's in vehicles with lousy MPG is actually greener than increasing the MPG in a Prius by 20 MPG. (Do the math for yourself if you don't believe me.) This is a perfect example of that, with this engine expected to "top 33mpg on the highway". That is a huge jump over the current highway 20 MPG gas V8 and 23 MPG gas V6. The savings in terms of gallons of fuel per year could be the equivalent of doubling or even tripling the MPG of a Prius. Yea, it's still oil, and yea it isn't electric or some other alternative. But it certainly is an improvement over what we have now, and a full rollout of EV's or other alt-fuel drivetrains isn't going to happen overnight. So this is a very good short-term option that is much greener/eco than the status quo. I still don't like the ecoDiesel tag though... Light duty diesels are a great short-term fix for the largest vehicles that are going to take the longest to successfully convert to alternative fuels.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how many other companies will try and avoid the '13 year model? Have they started blending ethanol with diesel yet? I wonder if we should be using 5%-10% biodiesel for all diesel at the pump?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't know they were making an "oil burner". How exciting!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The minus: Pure marketing garbage. There's nothing "eco" about diesel, and diesel has been around for over a century. The plus: The "ecoDiesel" badge at least shows that automakers are willing to make fuel economy a valued attribute.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick
        *because the CAFE rules are 'pushing' them to. Gas prices can get customers to demand better mileage, but I doubt that is the sole reason why they are doing this.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          It's also finally becoming socially acceptable to wear the 'eco' label. Just a few years ago, this would have been impossible.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rob J That's where you're wrong. Diesels are not "more environmentally friendly" at all. That's a recent myth made up by marketing guys, and you fell for it..... their emissions are just as bad as a gasoline car.
      transpower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it's about time!
      carney373
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it able to run on biodiesel or dimethyl ether diesel, by which I mean is it intended, warranted, insured, and regulatorily approved to run on them? If not, why is it green?
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carney373
        Is a Leaf automaticly powered by solar power? Does public transit run on unicorn farts? Is the biodiesel you speak of made of nothing but waste residue and not fertilized plant material? Green is a relative term, a diesel is more environmentally friendly than the equivalent gasoline powered engine. The name should therefore be incredibly obvious.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      oxymoron
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