Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to abandon diesels by 2022

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to abandon diesels by 2022

28th Feb 2018 4:00 pm

The automaker has pledged to phase out oil-burners from the model ranges of its brands over the next four years.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will end production of diesel-powered cars across its product line-ups of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati brands by 2022. The Financial Times reports that FCA will make the announcement in June under a mid-term plan, which will signpost the company’s targets for the next four years.

FCA has yet to comment on whether this would include diesel-only models like its pick-up truck, or its four vans. 

The carmaker hasn’t been a stranger to diesel controversy in the past. It was previously accused of using emissions manipulation software on the 500X, as more manufacturers were sucked into the scandal around the world, following the Dieselgate scandal precipitated by the Volkswagen Group.

Every FCA brand besides Abarth has at least one diesel model in its line-up, with every model across Jeep’s range having a diesel variant.

The move is likely to make waves in America. The move has drawn praise from environmental groups such as Greenpeace, although FCA's first EVs aren't due until 2020 with the Maserati Alfieri, and the first hybrids only arrive on a small number of models. A Fiat-Chrysler spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

Fiat Chrysler's international diesel passenger car line-up consists of:

  •     Alfa Romeo Giulia
  •     Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  •     Alfa Romeo Mito
  •     Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  •     Fiat 500
  •     Fiat 500L
  •     Fiat 500X
  •     Fiat Doblo
  •     Fiat Fullback
  •     Fiat Panda
  •     Fiat Qubo
  •     Fiat Tipo
  •     Jeep Cherokee
  •     Jeep Compass
  •     Jeep Grand Cherokee
  •     Jeep Renegade
  •     Jeep Wrangler
  •     Maserati Ghibli
  •     Maserati Levante
  •     Maserati Quattroporte

In India, Fiat supplies its ubiquitous 1.3-litre diesel engine to the likes of Maruti Suzuki and has the 2.0-litre diesel in the Compass. As reported earlier, the 1.3-litre Multijet will be discontinued come 2020 as Fiat has no plans to upgrade the engine to meet stricter Bharat Stage VI emission norms.    

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