2014 Ram 1500 Introduces 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel V6, Signals Truck Fuel-Economy Battle


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    2014 Ram 1500. | June 28, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler on Friday debuted the 2014 Ram 1500 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, just a day after Ford introduced the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor with an EcoBoost V6.
  • The two debuts signal the start of a fuel-economy battle in the domestic truck market.
  • Chrysler didn't provide fuel-economy figures for the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but said consumers should expect the Ram to retain the pickup-segment fuel-economy crown won by its predecessor.

CHELSEA, Michigan — Chrysler on Friday debuted the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup with a turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, just a day after Ford introduced the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor with an EcoBoost engine.

The two debuts signal the start of a fuel-economy battle in the domestic truck market.

Chrysler did not provide a fuel-economy estimate on the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but said consumers should expect the Ram to retain the pickup-segment fuel-economy crown won by its predecessor. The EPA has not yet posted 2014 Ram fuel-economy numbers, but the 2013 Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The new Ram EcoDiesel engine, designed and produced by Italy's VM Motori, is the same engine Chrysler also is fitting into the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For the Ram pickup, the new diesel develops 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler did not provide a range estimate on the new turbodiesel truck. The engine is compatible with B-20 biodiesel.

Chrysler did not announce pricing on the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel model or spell out launch timing.

The truck was introduced at the company's annual new-model preview here. Chrysler will also continue to offer the Ram with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8.

Ford on Thursday took the wraps off the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, the first regular cab F-150 to feature the automaker's 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford touted the truck's fuel economy, but did not release any fuel-economy estimates. The EPA has not yet posted 2014 Ford F-150 fuel-economy numbers.

Ford said the F-150 Tremor will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013. Pricing has not been released.

Edmunds says: Consumers get another engine choice with the 2014 Ram 1500, as Chrysler tests demand for diesel power in a non-commercial pickup.

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    How exactly does this "signal the start of a fuel-economy battle"? It's one new engine... Ford's ecoboost has been around for a while already. No, if there *is* a battle, it started years ago when truck highway fuel economy started creeping into the 20s. GM, I think, was the first.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    more Chrysler imports

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    It's about freaking time a small displacement turbo diesel made it into a US truck. I am willing to bet that real world mileage for this engine is MUCH better than the EB in the Ford.

  • machleidt machleidt Posts:

    Makes a lot of sense if towing and hauling is your main objective. I'd definitely take a good look at this option.

  • hogwild1961 hogwild1961 Posts:

    hope its better then the vmottori motor that was in my jeep liberty...hunk a jink

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