2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - 2013 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel marks a return of diesel engines to the Jeep brand after a hiatus of several years.
Sourced from Italy, where Chrysler's parent company Fiat has long experience with diesel engines, the 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque in Jeep's popular sport-utility vehicle.
The EPA rates the diesel Grand Cherokee at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway when fitted with Jeep's four-wheel drive. If you opt for rear-wheel drive only, those numbers rise to 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDieselEnlarge Photo
The new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck is the only light-duty (standard size) pickup truck offered in the U.S. market.
Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC all offer diesels in their heavy-duty pickup trucks, but Ram (formerly Dodge Truck) is the sole company to fit a diesel to its smallest full-size pickup.
The 1500 EcoDiesel uses the same 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel that's fitted to the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, along with the company's new eight-speed automatic transmission.
In its pickup truck guise, the clean diesel V-6 again puts out 240 horsepower and a substantial 420 lb-ft of torque.
That truck will go on sale later this year at Chrysler-Dodge-Fiat-Ram-SRT dealers, at a price $2,850 higher than a comparably equipped Ram 1500 with the Hemi V-8 gasoline engine.
Ram says owners can make back the higher purchase cost in fuel savings within three years, depending on how many miles the truck covers and the local price of diesel fuel.
2015 Volkswagen Golf, at 2013 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
While VW has provided details of its new diesel engine range, there are no new models with diesels introduced for the 2014 model year.
Next year, however, will be a different story, when the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI makes it debut.
There are other diesels coming as well, among them the highly anticipated first diesel from Mazda, which will fit its new SkyActiv-D diesel engine to its Mazda 6 mid-size sport sedan later this year.