Chrysler Considers Diesel-Powered 300 Sedan
The 2013 Chrysler 300 Sedan already seems to have it all: style, excellent performance, and a variety of options for any driver to choose from. However, there’s one thing it doesn’t have: an EcoDiesel engine.
In the near future, that may change. Chrysler executives are seriously considering a new EcoDiesel version of the 300 that would add diesel fuel compatibility to the already excellent V6 engine. Here at Crestview Chrysler in Regina, we know that good things come to those who wait. However, we’re already anxious to see what an EcoDiesel 300 might have to offer.
The Chrysler 300
While a diesel-fueled sedan may seem like it’s worlds away, the reality is that the Chrysler 300’s European counterpart, called the Lancia Thema, has already released a version with a diesel engine to great success overseas. That engine, which was designed by the same company that designed the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s EcoDiesel option, produces 240 hp and around 420 lb-ft of torque.
The Lancia Thema’s engine is also paired with the same eight-speed transmission that powers the North American EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it’s likely that a North American EcoDiesel 300 model would share it as well.
Luckily for Chrysler drivers and diesel fuel enthusiasts everywhere, the existing BioDiesel engine model is completely compatible with the Chrysler 300’s current design, meaning that no major structural or design changes are necessary in order for Chrysler to begin offering an EcoDiesel option for the model.
How Diesel is Different
If you’re wondering whether “EcoDiesel” is an oxymoron, you’re not alone. In the not-too-distant past, diesel fuel received a bad reputation for its association with smoke-spewing semi-trucks. However, that misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.
These days, diesel fuel burns just as clean as conventional petroleum-based fuel thanks to new, cleaner manufacturing processes. It’s also more energy-efficient, with an estimated 30% fuel savings over a traditional engine with the same horsepower behind it. Because diesel fuel is clean, efficient, and sometimes even cheaper at the gas pump, many manufacturers are beginning to see the value in using it for mainstream cars as well as heavy-duty trucks.
Get a Sneak Peek!
Even though it could be a couple of years before we see an EcoDiesel Chrysler 300 come to Crestview Chrysler, we’re excited by the possibility. If you’re looking forward to it as much as we are, get a sneak peek by test-driving the petroleum-fueled 2013 Chrysler 300 that we have in stock today. Or, see what diesel can do by taking the EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee for a spin.