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Ram to Add 3.0-liter V6 Turbo Diesel Engine to 1500 Pickup Truck Lineup This Year

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For the first time in over three decades, the Ram 1500 pickup truck with be offered with a diesel engine starting in the third quarter of the year.

The new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will use the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 unit manufactured by Italy's VM Motori mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission that was presented in the facelifted 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at last month's Detroit Auto Show.

"Truck owners have been emphatically asking for it, and Ram will be the only manufacturer to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel," said Ram CEO Fred Diaz.

"The Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter V-6 turbo EcoDiesel and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission deliver on the demands of truckers by providing best-in-class torque, fuel economy and range. There’s no doubt that being the only truck manufacturer to offer this game changing technology will provide Ram with a competitive advantage," added Diaz.

Ram did not release any performance or fuel economy numbers for the V6 diesel, but for the record, in the Grand Cherokee, this engine is rated at 240-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of peak torque returning an estimated 30mpg highway (7.8 lt/100km).


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6 Comments:

kachuks said... »February 14, 2013

Great alternative for half ton customers who need to do some light towing or hauling.

240 hp\420 lb.ft compared to 305hp\269 lb.ft. for the V6 gasoline motor. And roughly 5 mpg better fuel economy.

T_Cake said... »February 14, 2013

Good. Didn't GM and Ford also threaten to bring diesels to their respective half-ton pickups a few years ago, but then backed out?

Rick said... »February 14, 2013

I need a 1-ton SRW towing truck for my heavy 5th wheel. Today's diesel engines are way over the top both in power and the extra cost they bring. I need a right-sized smaller diesel of may 500 to 600 lb-ft of torque and maybe 340-400 hp. That would be sized right while also allowing for maximum efficiency while loaded and unloaded. Come on guys, can't we get something like that for the 3/4 and 1-ton trucks? I think I'd be first in line to buy one.

Earl said... »February 15, 2013

Awesome. I have been asking for a RAM 1500 Diesel for years now. If it returned 24 City 29 HWY expect to see a shortage of RAMs.

lacutis2012 lacutis said... »February 16, 2013

RAM Trucks are the best...I don't own a truck.. just encountering them on the Hwy you can feel their power more than the Fords or Chevy's...the Cummins scares the shit out of me...

injectorshop said... »March 11, 2013

i got to find some injectors for these things now i bet the petrol injedctor where less matainance http://www.injectorshop.co.uk

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