The Chrysler 300 diesel CRD

Posted By on May 14, 2006

Chrysler 300 CRD
Chrysler is ‘diesel-izing’ the hot selling 300 for the European markets while North America waits … 2008 maybe … who knows? Nevertheless, those of us wanting a few more US diesel options are speculating what cars besides the Mercedes Benz 300E CDI will be ready for the US market. Joseph White reporting for the Wall Street Journal, had an opportunity to test drive the new Chrysler 300c last week; his impression was positive.

The Chrysler 300c is getting an all-aluminum turbocharged V-6 CRD engine. The new engine is smaller and lighter than the previous I-5 European diesels and is a 3.0 liters for displacement that produces 207 horsepower and a whopping 376 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. The common rail diesel uses high-pressure injection, variable geometry fins on the turbocharger, four-valve heads, and dual overhead cams — the result is more power while burning less fuel, sending fewer pollutants out the exhaust. The diesel version of the 300Cs will be using same five-speed automatic used in the Chrysler Hemi. According to the EPA published numbers, the V-6 gasoline version is rated at 22 mpg and in Mr. White’s test drive the new diesel logged 28 mpg on a combination highway and city test drive.

According to Mr. White, the new diesel Chrysler 300 “is quiet, except for a pleasant rumble that makes it sound like an old-school V-8.” He continued with a positive comment regarding the low end torque of the diesel and it ablity to “lope along at 1800 rpms” on the freeway. The downside, unlike the new Mercedes BlueTec diesel, is that the Chrysler does not comply with the US clean-air rules. White quotes Mr. Klegon, the Chrysler product -development chief who says, “We know how to meet them [CARB standards], but at some cost.” That costs is estimated at around $5000 – 6000 per vehicle which is probably not realistic for consumers or for Chrysler.

There is some hope, since Mercedes already has their system ready to go call “Adblue” technology. It is being used successfully on commercial vehicles successfully in Europe, and is planning to adapt a number of their models. Volkswagen is also stubbling to get there clean diesel technology ready for the US too. According to recent reports, the 2007 Volkswagen line up in the US will be without diesels and that dealers will be doing their best to stock up on 2006 TDIs. With fuel prices at an all time high and consumers shopping for more fuel efficient vehicles this news is coming at a bad time. Currently Volkswagen has a very limited model lineup of diesel, yet 20% of their April 2006 sales were diesels, compared to 14% last year. Hopefully 2008 will bring improvements, as according to VW spokesperson Steve Keyes, Volkswagen will be offering new diesels that meet emission standards in all fifty US states in it vehicles, “including a new model — a diesel Rabbit.”


  • c.w.

    I wonder if I put up a 1 million dollar reward for anyone who came forward with information proving that any u.s. car maker was bribed to withhold technology for engines and fuel economy by oil companies, I wonder if they would come forward. I am a bitter person right now. I lost a very good friend in Iraq and it was not for a good cause. A week before he died, he called me on a sat phone venting and calling me a wimp because I was not by his side anymore, he was talking about all of the oil guys walking around with bodyguards talking about how much money their making from all of this. No amount of oil, gas, money, or any oil guy is worth my friends life. You think seals are tough, you should run across an old school recon marine with a little salt in his blood.

    1 million for proof and bad behavior from the oil guys!!!!!!!!!

    a former marine

  • I appreciate your sentiment CW and comment to my blog. I’m sure you are not alone in your view of our world wide policing even though I’m not as critical as to our reasons or ultimate objective. (the “for oil”) Its a sad thing is that decent people are dying, like your friend, no matter the the end cause or objective. We can argue over the value of his contribution in fighting terror or ‘blood for oil’ but that doesn’t diminish his service to our country. I appreciate his … and your service to our country.

    I have no problem with your views in disagreeing with US policy … just don’t blame the one doing their duty.




    If they can bring the bluetec grand cherokee crd here. They can do the same with the 300C crd since it’s the same motor and exhaust system. While they are at it, why not include the others that use the same platform like the charger & magnum.

    What I do not understand is if the 2008 jetta & Rabbit TDi are useing the same motor as the European caliber, avenger, compass, patriot & sebring. Why can’t chrysler buy the exhaust system (or pay a % to VW and buy from thier vender) along with the motor from VW so they too can sell the VW diesel in the US market in those 5 vehicles.

    2010 the minivan is suppose to get the new MB 2.2Lcrd in Europe to replace the VM 2.8Lcrd. They are looking into US market with those too.

  • Arabisc

    I was in London for the past week on a business trip. And while I was there I took sometime off and renting a car from Enterprise. I originally had an Vauxhaul convertible but the tire blew up and I was offered a Chrysler 300 CRD as a replacement. American cars in general are not on top of my choice list for reliability and gas consumption which they score generally poor on both (in my book) Also I need to mention that I drive an S-Type and an older BMW-740 to give you an idea what I am comparing to.

    The Chrysler difentatly command respect in the area of build as it feels very sturdy and carries itself well. It also got FLYING marks in MPG. I could not believe my eyes that I was getting 30+ mpg for mix environment driving. I am a bit on the aggressive side of the driving scale and push the speed odometer on the cars I drive and this usually KILLS your mpg. this car is as conservative as it get. I put roughly 350 miles on 3/4 of a tank which after pre-payment, etc came down to 30Pound . not bad at all

    The car drives nice too, responsive and accelerate smoothly. This is my first experience driving a diesel engine (last time was a beaten 1976 truck so I guess does not count:) _ and although the engine is noticeable louder that let us say my 740 BM and not as responsive as my 4.0 S-Type, it still produce very acceptable power and cruise very nicely.

    The inside was ok, not superb, just ok. a little clumsy and hmm not the best use of space (do not know how to descripe this but that car has a lot of unusable inside space, waste!) side and rearview also is somehwat limited but that is the car design itself and has nothing to do with the engine

    all in all, I would see myself driving a Diesel engine. anything that gets 34 mpg with this type of performance gets my vote. I can not wait to try the Benz version too!


  • Amazed Canadian

    I was in Europe in 2007, and booked a rental car through Hertz … expecting a tiny sedan, I was astonished to be allocated a brand new(ish) Chrysler 300 diesel. I have owned diesel cars prior, and can honestly state utter surprise when I finally had to put fuel in this car … I opened the Fuel Filler door to see the DIESEL FUEL ONLY sticker, and called my wife out to verify I was not crazy. We put 2, 400 km on this vehicle over the course of 12 days of driving the entire Andalusian region of Spain, from Madrid, to Malaga, to Marbella, to Gibraltar, to Granada, to Valencia then back to Madrid. We had to put 70 + 90 + 50 Euros worth of diesel into the tank for our trip. We had silence, no smoke, an unbelievable amount of torque (I spent 4 and 6 hour periods crusing at 160 – 180 kmh on the Spanish highways through the mountains, easily passing slower transport trucks) in total comfort. Amazing. I only wish I could purchase this vehicle here in Canada. I would do so in a minute …. spending my own money, in case you think I am bluffing !

  • What a great looking car.

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