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FCA to ditch diesel by 2022?

by Ronan Glon

Rumors claim FCA will make an announcement in June.

Fiat- Chrysler Automobiles will stop offering cars powered by a diesel engine in 2022 at the latest, according to a recent report. Officials made the decision in response to a drop in demand and the ever-increasing cost of building compliant engines.

Reported by Financial Times, the rumor claims FCA will phase out diesel across its entire portfolio regardless of market segment or region. If the report is true, the car-maker isn't the first, last, or only company to go diesel-free but it's one of the more surprising passengers on the bandwagon. Toyota and Subaru recently announced they've probably developed their last diesel engine. This left no one astonished; neither company managed to sell a significant number of diesel-powered cars to begin with.

FCA is a little bit different. In America, Ram and Jeep drop a 3.0-liter V6 diesel in the 1500 and the Grand Cherokee, respectively. Financial Times claims the decision won't apply to commercial vehicles so diesel-powered Ram trucks are safe for now. The diesel Grand Cherokee's future is up in the air, though.

In Europe, Fiat offers a diesel engine in almost every member of its line-up, from the 500 to the Tipo. Every Alfa Romeo save for the 4C comes in diesel flavor, so does most of Maserati's portfolio. Lancia is a moot point; FCA put it in a permanent vegetative state years ago and the diesel engine will undoubtedly outlive it. But, if you're curious, its only model -- the Ypsilon -- also comes with a diesel.

Keep in mind none of this is official yet. Automotive News reports the decision to go diesel-free will be part of a broader four-year product plan FCA will unveil on June 1st. The company refused to comment on what the future holds for diesel engine, but we won't have to wait long to learn more.

Updated with new information from Financial Times.