Chrysler is getting Fiat 3.0 diesel ASP, i hope with a new trans, this must be the diesel engine that was tested at Reno NV some time ago, now Chrysler will need to get it certify for each jeep model they put this diesel into .That would be $250,00 to $500,000 for each test.One would hope they pass on the first try ,our Govt don't make it easy,Note thats a test for the jeep unlimited model ,a test for the 2 door wrangler model because they different jeeps and all the other vehicle models ,they want to put this engine into!
To see this engine go tohttp://www.maesco.com
and look under iveco sofim hpi engine
Note: the sofim 3.0 is a 4 cylinder in-line,......... but this could be a all new 3.0 V6 diesel that Fiat is relessing in 2010 and in wrangler by 2011.
Where are you getting your info that these engines are slated for Jeep products or are you just assuming this is done deal?
There's a whole lot more involved in emissions certing and releasing a new product than running a few EPA tests. IF the leadership of the new company agrees that a diesel Jeep option makes sense for North America (that decision would be driven by where they stand w/ CAFE, because with the volumes it will not be profitable...) THEN the following has to happen:
> committ the engineering resources (which Chrysler doesn't have)
> package this engine in a platform that was not designed for it up front
> if major vehicle changes are required to package the engine, then a decision has to be made on spending major money to make the changes
> release and source all the new associated parts (intercooler, mounts etc)
> develop the vehicle calibration and SCR/DPF recipe (this requires many EPA tests on the chassis dyno)
> complete 150K mile durability testing on several vehicles to confirm that emissions limits are still met when the vehicle is at the end of its life
> get the service network in place
Total cost of a programme of this scope is $100-$200 million minimum. For maybe 5000 units a year in the states? And this assumes no engine changes are required to get to our NOx emissions levels (I'm sure this engine was only designed for Euro 3/4 which isn't even close).
Beleive me I'd love to have more diesel options available here in the states but there are too many forces working against them here. And I think the new Chrysler is going to have plenty of other products to worry about to ensure its survival than what's considered a low volume niche product. Sorry