CSM is predicting U.S. vehicle sales to drop to their lowest level in 27 years

CSM is predicting U.S. vehicle sales to drop to their lowest level in 27 years

Though Daimler and Chrysler split last year, cooperation between the two carmakers is ongoing, and it looks to be headed into the future as well, with the next-generation Mercedes four-cylinder diesel headed into Chrysler vehicles in Europe, according to the latest reports.

A 2.1L unit will be the first, though a larger unit could follow sometime later. The engine will be used throughout Chrysler's brands in Europe, including Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge, reports AutoTelegraaf. The 300C currently uses a 3.0L V6 diesel engine sourced from the German automaker, though there's no word yet on whether that deal will be replaced with a new engine or maintain its current powerplant.

The new engines will start populating Mercedes' own lineup next month, beginning with the C-Class. Early next year the E-Class and GLK will also likely get versions of the engine, rated between 136hp (101kW) and 204hp (152kW).