Keep in mind that as much as you want the diesel, the US car market is about price first and foremost, and any diesel arguments made right now are happening in the face of falling oil and gasoline prices. On a longer timeline where those will rise again, diesel is facing increasing particulate restrictions. If you want low horsepower and high torque, electric kicks butt, especially that torque being max at 0RPM.
You really believe that Diesels are low Performance Engines?
Because the reality is totally opposite, i promise you, with the Multi Injection Technology Diesels became extremely performant and while eliminating the famous "dark clouds" ;-)
In Europe Diesels have been winning in several types of Racing for many many years now, at the point that Diesels have more restrictions than Gasolines.
The Performance advantage is easily noticeable ... let's see an example with:
JEEP Renegade 2.0L Diesel with 170hp (FIAT Multijet Diesel engine technology)
MAX POWER: 170hp @ 3750rpm
MAX TORQUE: 350Nm @ 1500-2000rpm (258 lb-ft)
MAX RPM: 4500rpm
TORQUE @ 3750rpm: 333Nm (245 lb-ft)
TORQUE @ 4500rpm: 315Nm (232 lb-ft)
POWER @ 4500rpm: 153bhp
These are literally Kick Axx Performance... how many Diesels are there on the market that Rev above 4000rpm?
Furthermore... how many Diesels are there on the market that at 4500rpm still deliver 90% of the Max Torque?
IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING
Between 1500rpm and 4500rpm there is a Torque Difference of about 10%... a 10% loss in Torque in a range of 3000rpm.
That's a lot of RPMs you have to enjoy the full push of the Motor.
Take the competition of VW Injector Pump Diesels and by 3500rpm they are down to 70% of the max torque.
This could be another nice Selling point:
Jeep Renegade Diesel MultiJet ... : ... never stops pushing!
If you combine these performances with the fact it does 45mpg... well, i am definitely willing to spare out a few more thousands to get it!
And i even believe that even the other Diesel, the 1.6L with 120Hp and 315Nm could have a good impact, although here in US i believe the more powerful Diesel is the best choice
But i could never say Diesels are for those who don't care for Performance