2014 Ram 1500 Gets V6 Diesel Option


  • 2013 Ram 1500 Picture

    2013 Ram 1500 Picture

    Buyers will soon be able to get a 2014 Ram 1500 equipped with a diesel engine (2013 model pictured). | February 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine will be available in 2014 Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in the third quarter of this year.
  • The engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • None of Ram's competitors in the light-duty pickup market offer a diesel engine.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Ram plans to shake up the light-duty pickup market with the introduction of a diesel engine. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine will be available in 2014 Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in the third quarter of this year.

Neither pricing nor fuel economy was announced.

"Truck owners have been asking for it, and Ram will be the first to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment," Ram CEO Fred Diaz said in a statement released by the automaker.

None of the competitors in the light-duty pickup market offer a diesel engine.

The diesel engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is the same engine the automaker introduced last month for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. That engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A person familiar with the diesel engine slated for the Ram said that horsepower and torque may not be identical to the Grand Cherokee.

"The half-ton truck market is incredibly competitive. There's no doubt that being first to market with game-changing technology will provide Ram with a competitive advantage," Diaz said in the statement.

The diesel-equipped Ram will be assembled at the automaker's facility in Warren, Michigan. Model availability will be announced some time before production begins. The engine will be produced by VM Motori, a diesel engine supplier that is partially owned by Fiat.

Edmunds says: Offering a diesel engine in a light-duty pickup is a game-changer. If the fuel increase is significant, some loyal Chevrolet and Ford owners may shift to the Ram.

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