When the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was first announced, Chrysler boasted the diesel-powered truck would ultimately boast “impressive capability.” Thanks to an announcement made this morning, we now know that means the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is rated to tow up to 9200 pounds
That figure is tied to a two-wheel-drive, regular-cab 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fitted with a 8-foot pickup bed. That’s nearly 1900 pounds more than a similarly equipped 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-8, and roughly 800 pounds shy of a comparably-spec’ed Ram 1500 with equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
Although the EcoDiesel will be offered in other Ram 1500 configurations, a Ram Trucks spokesman says tow ratings for those vehicles are still “in validation.”
Even so, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has other six-cylinder full-size pickups bested for towing. Two-wheel-drive, long-bed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra pickups equipped with the 4.3-liter V-6 are rated to tow 7900 pounds. A 2014 Ford F-150 ordered with the base 3.7-liter V-6 can tow as much as 6700 pounds, while F-150s fitted with the optional twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 can pull as much as 9700 pounds. A 2013 Toyota Tundra equipped with the base 4.0-liter six-cylinder pulls up to 4900 pounds, if equipped with an optional tow package.
It’s worth noting that, to date, only Toyota abides by the J2807 tow rating standard set by the Society of Automotive Engineers, meaning each manufacturer’s rating and testing differs slightly.
As the name suggests, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 sourced from VM Motori. Virtually identical to the EcoDiesel engine offered in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the engine produces 240 hp at 3600 rpm in pickup guise, along with a stout 420 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. Chrysler promises admirable fuel economy from the powertrain, but isn’t talking figures until the final certification and validation has been performed.
Full pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 has not yet been announced, but Chrysler says the trucks equipped with the EcoDiesel will command a $2850 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8/ eight-speed automatic combination.
Expect more towing and fuel economy figures to be revealed just prior to the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s market launch later this year.