- The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is set to go on sale by late March, delivers 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to Chrysler.
- Ram is first to market with a small-displacement, turbodiesel engine in a half-ton pickup truck.
- Ordering opens February 7.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is set to go on sale by late March, delivers 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to Chrysler.
Ordering opens February 7.
Ram is first to market with a small-displacement, turbodiesel engine in a half-ton pickup truck. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is equipped with a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In comparison, a 2014 Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission delivers 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
All Ram dealerships in the U.S. will offer the diesel version of the Ram 1500, said Nick Cappa, a Chrysler spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.
He said the EcoDiesel model will not be available in the Sport model of the truck because that version comes standard with a Hemi V8 engine. The EcoDiesel model also will not be available in the two-door short-bed configuration because that version cannot accommodate the EcoDiesel's exhaust system.
Cappa said Chrysler has already begun building the EcoDiesel model and that it may end up in showrooms by the end of February.
"But it's safe to say before the end of the quarter, which is what we've said all along," he added.
Chrysler will not disclose volume numbers on the EcoDiesel model, but it expects the take rate to be about 10-15 percent of total Ram volume.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers get two critical pieces of information about the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Launch timing and fuel economy numbers.