A yet-to-be-published four-year plan supposedly states FCA will stop building diesel passenger vehicles by 2022
After Volkswagen Group's brands exited the diesel market in North America for obvious reasons, some other manufacturers have been considering the fuel's future viability. One of those automakers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, seems to have made up its mind on the matter. According to a report from Financial Times, the parent company of Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Lancia will reportedly stop selling diesel passenger cars by 2022.
The report, citing sources familiar with a four-year plan to be unveiled on June 1, states the automaker will begin phasing diesel engines out of its entire passenger vehicle lineup between now and 2022. The report states the company will exit the diesel market due to rising costs to keep compliant with tightening emissions regulations. FCA didn't provide comment on the report's authenticity. In North America, FCA is expected to continue production of diesel-powered pickups, especially heavy-duty trucks, though a diesel engine still hasn't been confirmed for the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 lineup. The new light-duty pickup was instead given a mild-hybrid powertrain at launch.
Still, the move could put a number of North American models in jeopardy. The Jeep Wrangler is expected to get the VM Motori 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine for the 2019 model year. The plan also may mean the forthcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup won't get a rumored diesel engine, either. FCA will likely face a bigger challenge in Europe as 40.6% of all vehicles it sold there last year were powered by diesel engines. The situation is even worse in Italy where diesel vehicles comprise 56% of FCA's total sales. The company will continue selling diesel commercial vehicles globally.