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.

Comments

  • cars_r_me cars_r_me Posts:

    Absolutely the right DECISION!!!! Let's hope DEF is offered.

  • Nissan says "Ram I think you left this behind", Ram "O thanks Nissan where did you find this at?" Nissan "O it was shoved in our back sorry about the blood on it, but I'm not mad after all you took are idea and beat us to the punch". Nissan is full of idiots it has been very well known they were doing this for the New Titan but looks like they might as well stay on the porch now. I'm guessing Ram had wind of this idea from when Nissan and Dodge were going to partner up. Only thing that can get Nissan ahead now is to surprise Ram by releasing it early.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I'm glad someone finally did the math on this! This is throwing about the same amount of torque as all the 6.0L+ gasoline offerings in the segment and, I'm assuming, will gain a not so insignificant number of miles per gallon. I hope this is well received by the average consumer, because it has the potential to completely change the truck market!

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    At last.

  • jimmd jimmd Posts:

    Sounds good. I'm kind of concerned about the complexity of diesels anymore, to meet emissions requirements. But still, very intriguing. Wish someone would put a little diesel like this in a compact pickup.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    About time, I remember when they had a small diesel in the 70's. We don't all need the power of the large diesel. GM and Ford need to pay attention, I loved my 6.2 Suburban great fuel economy.

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