Mercedes could sign a new partnership deal with Chrysler. Jeep Compass is said to get a 2.0-liter and 194-horsepower diesel engine from Mercedes-Benz on the European market, according to unofficial information.
The Fiat-Chrysler Alliance announced this spring that it is interested in launching a series of collaborations with rival builders if this will result in a reduction in costs.
A series of sources cited by the Motor1 publication now states that the Italian-American manufacturer has launched a test session with 14 Jeep Compass units equipped with a diesel engine from Mercedes-Benz.
Even if tests are taking place in the United States, the Mercedes-Benz diesel version would only be marketed in Europe and Asia. Sources say the Mercedes-Benz diesel engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit known as OM654, which offers 194 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400 Nm.
At present, the most powerful Jeep Compass with diesel on the European market offers only 140 horsepower from a 2.0 liter Multijet unit. Therefore, a partnership with Mercedes-Benz would help Jeep to offer a significantly stronger Compass, which would have the potential to increase SUV sales without the US manufacturer investing directly in the sums of money to develop a new engine.
For the time being, it is unclear whether Jeep will decide to introduce this Mercedes-Benz engine into the range or when it might appear in Compass’s offer.
In parallel, Fiat-Chrysler officials have shown interest in using the platform developed by the PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group for electric models.