2014 Ram 1500 Gets 3.0-Liter Turbodiesel V-6 Engine

This fall, the Ram 1500 pickup truck will gain a new engine choice, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. That will make the Ram 1500 America's only light-duty pickup with a diesel engine (most heavy duty trucks are available with diesels.)

Ram isn't talking power outputs or fuel economy, but the 3.0-liter "EcoDiesel" V-6 is the same unit used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel. Built by Italian company VM Motori, the engine will produce 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, return as much as 22/30 mpg (city/highway), and tow 7400 pounds in the 2014 Grand Cherokee. In both the Jeep and the Ram 1500, the engine will be backed by a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

"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," Ram Truck brand president and CEO Fred Diaz said today in a statement.

At the Detroit auto show last month, Diaz was noncommittal on diesels and told us, "I'm not going to speculate whether or not diesel might be on the horizon, but I can tell you we're looking at several different technologies… to improve the MPG story."

The main benefit to adding a diesel engine in a light-duty truck will be improved towing and hauling capacity, without significantly worsened fuel economy. The thriftiest 2013 Ram 1500, with a 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine and eight-speed automatic, already returns 17/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive.

The 2014 Ram 1500 and its EcoDiesel engine launch in the third quarter of this year.

Source: Chrysler

yes about time , how about the truck ram built for Canada 7.1 diesel  36 MPG!!  MAKE A MID OR SMALL TRUCK WITH A 3 CYL DIESEL TURBO AND GET 52 MPG LIKE VW USED TO. YES WE WILL BUY THEM !!! do a striped down version like the express keep the price down and sell a ton of them. add a hydrogen system and realy get good mpg  + low emissions. oil company hate that!!
Michael Bandeko
I haven't considered a new pickup truck in years. But sign me up for one of these! I will definately buy one!!!
It's about time! 1/2 ton full size and smaller trucks should've been offered with diesels for years!

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