The brand name may have changed, but the diesel engine offered in Ram pickups won’t. Cummins Diesel Inc. announced today it has renewed its contract with Chrysler to provide turbo-diesel engines for heavy-duty models.
“Cummins and Chrysler have a long and important history together,” said Dave Crompton, vice president and general manager of midrange engines at Cummins. “The Chrysler business continues to be a key part of our midrange engine business, and we’re proud to continue working with Chrysler to develop best-in-class products that customers can depend on.”
We can see why the Ram contract is an important one to the engine manufacturer. Cummins and Chrysler first partnered to offer a turbo-diesel in the 1989 Ram. Both parties anticipated sales to remain under 5000 units. Instead, more than 20,000 Cummins-powered Rams were sold that year, and Cummins has gone on to provide over 1.7 million engines for use in heavy-duty Ram models.
Today, nearly 80 percent of Ram heavy-duty buyers opt for the current Cummins option, which is a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel I-6. The engine pumps out 350 hp at 3000 rpm, and a solid 650 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm.
Neither party will disclose how long the new deal will last, although Cummins describes it as a “multiyear extension” of its current contract.