Would You Buy A Turbo Diesel Chrysler 200 Sedan?

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Newly leaked documents indicate it'll happen.

Chrysler today is a very different company than it was just a few years ago, specifically before Fiat came into the picture. And the Italian automaker's influence is spreading even further with a new rumor claiming that Fiat Chrysler is secretly working on a new 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine. Here's the back story: A user on the Allpar website managed to dig up some info on the automaker's secure dealer website, called DealerConnect.

This site basically allows Fiat Chrysler dealers to find information about everything from ordering to service bulletins, recalls, etc. What this user found is that the 200 sedan is listed as having a 2.2-liter, 16-valve "DeTomaso" engine. Until now, this engine didn't exist in the automaker's lineup. At the same time, Alfa Romeo (another FCA brand) has also been working on a 2.2-liter common rail turbo diesel that'll achieve an output of between 135 and 210 hp. Point being is that it appears Alfa's new turbo oil burner will likely be shared with other models under the FCA umbrella, and the 200 sedan could be the first recipient.

Chrysler officials are unsurprisingly not commenting on the report but it'd make complete sense for the 200 to receive a diesel option – it'd become a direct competitor to the Volkswagen Passat diesel, itself producing 140 hp. So, would any of you ever consider buying an oil burning, mainstream family sedan? Is this something better than, say, a Ford 1.5-liter EcoBoost found in the Fusion?

A.J. Mueller, FCA US

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