Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may soon expand its North American diesel lineup to include the Chrysler 200 compact sedan. Currently motivated by 2.4-liter, four-cylinder or 3.6-liter V-6 mills, the 200 is set to receive a 2.2-liter oil burner, if we are to believe a report coming from Automotive News. The unit in question is reportedly being developed by Alfa Romeo for one of its upcoming sedans. As with most Fiat engines, the 2.2-liter four-pot is expected to come in many flavors, ranging from 135 to over 200 horsepower. However, only one version is likely to make it stateside to join the Tigershark and Pentastar gasoline engines already available for the 200.

If this rumor proves to be true, Alfa Romeo’s 2.2-liter would become the fourth diesel engine to power FCA cars in the U.S. Chrysler already offers a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the Ram 1500 pickup truck and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, as well as a 3.0-liter inline-four in the Ram ProMaster van. Ram also gets a 6.7-liter, straight-six from Cummins, its long-time diesel engine supplier. There’s no word on whether the new 2.2-liter diesel will make it into other FCA vehicles here in the U.S., but keep it locked here for more details on the matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chrysler 200’s new diesel engine.

Why it matters

With European automakers such as BMW, Audi and Volkswagen already selling diesel-powered cars in the U.S., it was only a matter of time until American manufacturers decided to bring their own. Chrysler already has such options for its Ram trucks and vans (as mentioned), and Chevrolet dropped an oil burner into the Cruze compact. But while the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been mildly successful, the Cruze Diesel has yet to convince compact-car customers of its capabilities.

Needless to say, Chrysler is looking to build on Ram’s success with the 1500 EcoDiesel by dropping an oil burner into the 200, which would then deliver great torque and fuel economy, the latter likely in the 40-mpg range when mated to the nine-speed ZF automatic.

Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200 High Resolution Exterior
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The second-generation Chrysler 200 was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, showcasing a major departure from the first-gen model, which was based on the already dated Chrysler Sebring (axed in 2010). Redesigned from the ground up on a platform shared with the Dodge Dart and the Jeep Cherokee, the 2015 200 also previewed Chrysler’s new styling direction. The sedan boasts a new grille and headlamps, standard full-LED DRLs, and a coupe-like roof. I’ve heard people say the Chrysler 200 looks like a shrunken Tesla Model S.

The interior of this compact sedan combines high-quality materials with the latest technologies from Chrysler, including a rotary shift knob, a 7-inch instrument cluster and the Uconnect system that makes use of an 8.4-inch touchscreen command center.

Under the hood, the 200 can be equipped with two different powerplants. There’s the 2.4-liter, Tigershark four-banger rated at 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque, and the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 that churns 295 ponies and 262 pound-feet. Both units mate to a nine-speed, ZF automatic transmission.

Source: Automotive News

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