Fiat Chrysler may be working on a new inline-six diesel engine that would replace the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 found in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In addition to serving in the next-generation Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee,the new inline-six oil burner may also finds its way into the Ram ProMaster commercial van, which means it may also find its way into the Fiat Ducato sold in Europe.
Details in the new engine are minimal, however Motor Trend reports it could range in displacement from 3.0-liters to 4.5-liters. Cummins fans also need not worry – the smaller inline-six won’t replace the venerable 6.7-liter diesel found in Ram’s Heavy Duty line of pickups.
FCA’s investment in a new diesel engine for passenger vehicles is a bit surprising considering the bad rep diesel engines have received in recent years. Earlier last month, the EPA accused FCA of using an emissions-altering device in its EcoDiesel engine, which sparked a class action lawsuit by owners of Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles with the engine.