Nov 2nd, 2007 by RJ Menezes
The technology has been around for ages. Cars have been running on diesel fuel for more than 100 years now and the technology is experiencing a sort of a renaissance of sorts. The European market has been at the front of clean diesel technology and has made some impressive progress towards making diesel a real alternative. With gas prices and taxes almost double what they are here, European consumers don’t really have a choice. They need fuel efficient cars and in a lot of situations, when buying a car in Europe, the diesel model will be the upgraded version of a vehicle and carry a premium.
Well, good news, now that new diesel technology is trickling down to us here in the states. A few automakers have already started offering us diesel versions of their current models. I’ve listed a few notables below. With diesel technology getting better and better, some of the flaws of diesel engines are disappearing. Diesel engines are no longer loud, rough-running, and slow. New advances in injection systems have made engines smoother and quieter and turbo-charging has made them quite fast with bottom-less amounts of torque. Diesel prices compare to premium grade but give you more miles for your dollar so next time you’re shopping for a new car don’t rule out a diesel. With roughly 30-40% better milage and none of the drawbacks, why wouldn’t you?
Volkswagen Clean Diesel TDI Jetta
-Fuel economy: 30-35mpg combined city/highway
-Price range: Mid-$20,000s
-Description: The “people’s car” has now becomr the people’s diesel. The TDI virtually turns the Jetta into a effortless grand tourer. Able to return good milage, while still offering ample forward thrust, and pampering you in safety and german-car-goodness. Also VW has been doin’ the diesel foe a long time now so the technology is perfected. Great buy
Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel
-Fuel economy: 20-25mpg combined city/highway
-Price range: Low to Mid-$40,000s
-Description: Trying not to loose all those SUV buyers Chrysler has borrowed technology from the now defunct partnership with Mercedes-Benz to give it’s Jeep line clean and modern diesel. This uses a consumable product called UREA in it’s exhaust sysytem to absorb carbon emissions and it needs to be replaced periodically. It is basically the same engine as in the new Benz E-series diesel.
Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTec
-Fuel economy: 23mpg city/ 32mpg highway
-Description: Besides VW/Audi, Mercedes-Benz has also been on the forefront of diesel tech. With a whole range of well established diesel engines in Europe, they are now hoping the U.S market will catch on. A promise of better milage without loosing any of the Mercedes Luxury should attract plenty of smart shoppers.