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Word has it Chrysler is keen to shove its new turbo diesel V6 into a range of models. Wards Auto reports Chrysler President and CEO Saad Chehab has made it clear the automaker is investigating the possibility of using the 3.0-liter oil-burner in the 300. While speaking at an Automotive Press Association luncheon, Chehab said, "It's a matter of how much the customer is willing to pay for that premium. That's the only issue with it."

The Chrysler 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema in Europe complete with a diesel of its very own, and since the Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available with the diesel V6 here in the States, it only makes sense that the engine could potentially show up on the 300 order sheet. Opting for the 3.0 V6 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee will set you back an additional $4,500, however.

Chehab also said the engine could make an appearance in the next-generation Chrysler 200, which is set to debut next year.


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      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see the diesel offered with the AWD model.
      1guyin10
      • 1 Year Ago
      That could be the king of interstate cruising. Talk about having bladder busting range...
      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has been sold as a Chrysler 300 Cwith a diesel for several years in Australia
      Kwijiboz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 300 has been available here in TDi form since the original model's release 8 or so years ago. Reading this article, you're lead to think its some sort of engineering challenge when at most it's a marketing speed bump! It's priced somewhere between the V6 and V8 petrol models.
        GreenN_Gold
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        Even though it exists "there," it still represents a sizable investment to clear all U.S. regulations, a market where overall demand for diesels has been uncertain at best. Thus Chehab's question about what premium U.S. customers are willing to pay for it.
      F'nBrower
      • 1 Year Ago
      $4500 premium? Not worth it. Ever.
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can someone go hit the bosses at Chrysler with a clue-by-4 until they realize that the Jeep Wrangler, not the Cherokee or the 300 or the 200 is the place they should be shoving this new us-spec diesel...
      Trace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, Chrysler/Dodge logic at work here, offer a diesel sedan BEFORE you offer a diesel Wrangler, Cherokee or Durango. File this one, I mean, another one, under "what were they thinking?"
      billfrombuckhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      The V6 diesel will never be in the Wrangler. A 4 cylinder diesel will be shared with Promaster vans and maybe a compact truck down the road. They can't build enough Wranglers as it is, why stretch to put an unshared powertrain in one model when capaicity for that product is maxed out?. The 300 diesel is very easy since Lancia Thema's already come that way and the VM V6 is already in Grand Cherokees and soon Rams. How about Diesel Charger and Durango police cars? I bet no one saw that coming. If they pull a competitive 300 Diesel, it would be a finger in the eyes of the Germans. Hell they could even have an SRT diesel 300.
        guyverfanboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Jeepers have been wanting a diesel Wrangler for years and I bet many of them will be willing to pony up the extra money for one. Plus, the VM 3.0 diesel ALREADY EPA CERTIFIED. The 2.8 4 cylinder used in Europe is NOT EPA CERTIFIED so therefore you are more likely to the 3.0 proliferate across Chrysler's line up.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Why would they need to stretch the Wrangler? Isn't the VM 3.0 roughly the same size as the Pentastar?
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      A 300 diesel WOULD help Chryslers CAFE, but I'm worried that some 300 customers might not understand that diesel and gasoline are NOT interchangeable.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Most likely the gas station attendent, in places like Oregon or New Jersey, would make that mistake.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you do a LOT of miles, $4,500 will be a PITTANCE, not only because you will save a TON in fuel costs, BUT MORE important, because of the VASTLY SUPERIOR RESALE VALUE OF THE DIESELS, AND I am talking REAL ACTUAL Resale values you can see if you do a search at cars.com, for REAL cars on sale, NOT some "Edmunds Projections" lowball clueless ESTIMATES.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a Chrysler loyalist and owner of a 2012 Chrysler 300. I was at the NY International Auto Show yesterday when the Chrysler brand exhibit gave me two stark impression. First was how small the brand's exhibit was, how few Chrysler models actually exist and how old the product they had to offer was in comparison to other makes. The 200 really looked dated, though perfectly acceptable as transportation. The second impression was how popular the 300 was as it was hard to get near the car because so many young show goers were all over the 300. I feel in love with my 300 based on looks, features and an extensive test drive. I really like this car and it appears the public still does too. What is important for Chrysler is the potential market that exists for the 300 model when a new 300 arrives. Frankly as much as I like my 300, my daughter just bought a 2014 Infinity M37 XS and it is nicer and more impressive than the 300 although significantly more expensive. A 300 that is more impressive than the Infinity, it already gets much better fuel mileage, is possible if injected with a little Maserati touches and assets. The diesel is a good start.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sharp-eyed viewers of "Tp Rome With Love", the 2012 Woody Allen movie, saw the Lancia/300. Didn't hear how the diesel sounded, but it couldn't have been worse than the movie, which felt like he went on vacation instead of finishing the script
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