DETROIT -- Jeep may offer diesel versions of several nameplates within three years, Jeep CEO Mike Manley told reporters Thursday, April 7.
"Diesel in some of our models makes absolute sense," Manley said, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. He said diesels would make sense on such vehicles as the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.
"It does come at a significantly higher cost than a gas engine," Manley said.
He said the company will get advantages of economies of scale when emission standards for the United States and Europe become the about same in three years.
In September 2014, the new Euro 6 emissions requirements will require carmakers to meet diesel standards close to those imposed by the U.S. EPA for oxides of nitrogen, or NOx. Strict NOx emissions standards have been a major barrier to car diesels in the United States.
Chrysler executives have said that diesel engines cost about $3,000 more than gasoline equivalents, a price the company believes most customers will refuse to pay, especially with diesel fuel more expensive than gasoline.
Average diesel fuel prices were $3.97 per gallon last week, compared with $3.68 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
When Jeep was still part of DaimlerChrysler, the brand offered the 2005 and 2006 Liberty powered by a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder VM Motori diesel and the Grand Cherokee with a 3.0-liter, V-6 Mercedes-Benz diesel from 2007-09.