It's surprising both because DCX should have a suitable diesel in its own range and a Caliber TDi won't be offered in the U.S. Why couldn't the Caliber just share the Jeep Liberty's 2.8L CRD? Instead these 2.0L TDi diesels will be shipped in a box all the way from Salzgitter, Germany to Chrysler's Belvidere, IL plant and then be shipped right back in a new box that's got a pair of high-beams and a chilled glovebox.
The engines are being supplied in order to fulfill a contract between DCX, VW and Mitsubishi that was drafter over two years ago. No word on whether or not we'll see a Mitsubishi wearing TDi badges anytime soon. Hmm... an EVO TDi.