Will the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Inspire Ford, Chevrolet Half-Ton Diesel Trucks?

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The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is on the way for customers who have been asking for a diesel-powered light duty pickup. The new turbodiesel engine joins the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 gas engines on the option list, but will the 1500 EcoDiesel motivate Ford and GM to offer a turbodiesel in their half-ton trucks? And should Ford and GM even consider a diesel-powered full-size truck?

Diesel-powered light-duty trucks isn’t without precedent: Ford once considered a 4.5-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine for the F-150 pickup, about the same time GM was developing a 4.5-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine for GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks. Development of both engines has been put on hold.

Chrysler went with a smaller 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 for the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which it shares with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In that SUV, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel is rated 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, with mileage as high as 30 mpg highway. Backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain in the Jeep is tow-rated at 7400 pounds.

Pricing hasn’t been announced for the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but we expect a premium over the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 gas engines. Chrysler cites internal research showing customer demand for a diesel-powered half-ton pickup, and we wonder how many will actually buy a 1500 EcoDiesel when it goes on sale later this year. Should Ford and GM offer diesel-powered half-ton trucks in response to the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel? Share your thoughts below.

The cost of the diesel option is around $5000 up front. But besides the better fuel economy, diesel trucks hold their value much better. My 2002 Ford diesel is worth more than $5000 more than a comparable gas truck. A diesel lasts much longer mechanically. The extra cost is well worth not just for fuel economy.
It's simple economic and hopefully someone at Chrysler passed their econ 101 class. People will pay more for diesel/hybrids to save money on gas but it also has to make financial sense. Get greedy or price it is past the point of logic, then it will sit on the lot. I think it's smarter to make less and sell more. This will enhance their image, create goodwill, and make Chrysler a respectable brand. The last Chrysler I owned was a 89 Lebaron -- it was okay, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it to friends or had the desire to look at Chrysler since. For me, this is C last chance when the  2014 JGC hit the market.
I remember reading that Chrysler will be asking a $4500.00 premium for the diesel option on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would imagine Chrysler would be asking the same amount for the 2014 2014 Dodge Ram diesel option.
As long as doge/ram doesn't rape us with premium option price. They should be ok and I hope others follow. I want one but need to see what will a mid level, 4 door, 4x cost me. (Wishful thinking)Mid 30s and I'll sell my mid size to get one.
John Ashman
It's about time.    Trucks of all sizes SHOULD be diesels.     I get my ass handed to me by Sprinters at every stoplight and they're filled with stuff.      Where's the Amarok 4 cylinder TDI???    
based on my current suv it would take me 5 yrs to recuperate the $4500 premium price. it smarter for them to price it like $3k premium
The Amarok diesel is in most markets outside of North America.  Thank the 'Chicken Tax'  that was put on trucks many years ago.  (late 70's or 80's ?).  It was a politicised act back then, and serves no meaningful purpose today (Google Chicken Tax for a good explanation).   Given our so called 'leaders' in Washington DC, who  will never consider eliminating a TAX, so we will only get trucks Assembled in North America, not imported.   Even the Transit Connect (Ford) is imported as a passenger vehicle, then modified here into the mini-van that is, to avoid the TAX.  We need to get our government a bit more educated as to what makes sense overall, not just political backstabbing.  Or get new people into our government positions and remind them they are there to serve US, not play political games.
The diesel engine costs way more than the gasoline engine to make. Look at it this way. Current high performance gas engines with 11:1 compression ratios cost much more than old technology 9:1 engines because all the components must be beefed up and higher priced technology is needed to make it work reliably. A diesel engine runs at over 20:1 compression. Due to this, the engine is a combination of heavier more sturdy parts and high tech (expensive) light weight parts. No one is going to go to the cost of developing and certifying a new engine in a truck only to sell it at a loss. Even to break even would be a loss of production capacity that could have been used on profitable vehicles.

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