Dodge’s Ram to introduce industry’s only light-duty diesel pickup with Ram 1500 by end of 2013
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Dodge’s Ram subdivision has just announced that they’ll be introducing the industry’s only light-duty diesel pickup truck beginning in the third quarter of this year. The new 2014 Ram 1500 will now be offered with a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6.

“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,” said Fred Diaz, Ram’s CEO and president in the press release. “The half-ton truck market is incredibly competitive, and although we’re honored the Ram 1500 has received a number of prestigious awards, we cannot rest on what we have accomplished, we must keep pushing.”

The new 3.0L V6 will be paired with Chrysler’s new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Specific power outputs haven’t been released. Though Chrysler promises that this new EcoDiesel V6 will provide low CO2 emissions, impressive V6 capability, and robust torque.

For the full press release, check it out after the jump.

Ram to Build Industry’s Only Light-duty Diesel Pickup

  • 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel to deliver best-in-class fuel economy, a title already owned by the 2013 Ram 1500
  • Clean diesel features low CO2 emissions and impressive V-6 capability
  • Diesel engines praised for outstanding range and torque
  • Ram first to market with game-changing technologies

February 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Beginning in third-quarter 2013, Ram will become the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The powertrain is expected to deliver an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class torque and impressive capability.

“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,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “The half-ton truck market is incredibly competitive, and although we’re honored the Ram 1500 has received a number of prestigious awards, we cannot rest on what we have accomplished, we must keep pushing.”

The 2013 Ram 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas — a rare trifecta in the pickup segment. Building on the award-winning truck, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will further stretch its best-in-class fuel economy title lead and continue to raise the innovation bar in one of the automotive industry’s most customer-loyal segments. 

“The Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter V-6 turbo EcoDiesel and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission deliver on the demands of truckers by providing best-in-class torque, fuel economy and range. There’s no doubt that being the only truck manufacturer to offer this game changing technology will provide Ram with a competitive advantage,” added Diaz.

The new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel is among today’s most advanced diesel engines. Its emissions are 60 percent less than those produced by diesel powertrains 25 years ago. The impressive combination of torque and fuel economy marks new levels of performance for small V-6 engines.

Ram’s newest turbo diesel engine is manufactured by VM Motori, a Chrysler Group diesel engine supplier since 1992. 

Over the past 10 months, the Ram Truck brand has set an aggressive product cadence. Ram’s big push began in April 2012 with the introduction of the Ram 1500 with class-leading 25 mpg fuel efficiency and innovative features such as Active Level four-corner air suspension.

The Ram Brand followed that news with the launch of the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. Their 30,000-pound trailer-tow rating – more than three tons more than their closest competitor — and 850 lb.-ft. of torque are at the top of their class. Most recently, Ram introduced the new 2014 Ram ProMaster van with its own list of best-in-class features, including fuel efficiency, payload, cargo capacity and lowest cost of ownership.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

– By: Chris Chin

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  • immobile

    Not Cummins – BAD
    Not straight, but V – BAD
    Not American – BAD

  • Navy

    Not Cummins – Not a Bad thing
    Not inline – V engines make more sense, thats why most manufactures make some kind of V
    Not made in America – Perfect, the europeans understand small diesels better than we do.

  • Kelly Myer

    It’s about time!! I’ve been waiting for this for over 10 years! Now if they would just tune another variant of this motor for the Durango, or the Chrysler 300 and aim for 35-40 MPG on the highway. My guess is that is what’s happening anyway. It’s the only way they can meet the newer upcoming regulations. I think tuning that same V6 for about 300-350 ft lb of torque would be more than adequate for the 3000-3500 pound, mid-sized sedans and smaller vans. This is the MPG conscience crown that buys the VW TDI and soon the Mazda6 Sky-Active Diesel. And Chrysler, for crying out loud, please offer the diesel in a base model, not just the high end offerings. People want to save money on their autos by saving gas with a diesel, not by financing an over-priced car with a diesel over the life of the vehicle.

  • Bmwx5

    Finally some one who understands. Thank you.

  • Ryan S.

    Im sorry, but being a previous owner of a 2005 Jeep Liberty with the 2.8 VM Motori turbo diesel engine was enough for me. That engine was a complete pile of junk. Had it at the dealership so many times within the first year that they were forced to buy it back from me. EGR problems, valve issues, engine block issues, MAP problems, electrical gremlins, head cracking issues, plus you need a boatload of specialty tools to repair anything on it. Parts are no longer available even for the 2005-2006 year model. Anything that IS available is both super expensive AND takes 8-12 weeks to get. At least with Mercedes and/or Cummins, they have a large parts network here in the USA. When you try to find anything VM Motori you get the “VM WHO?” response wherever you call. They’re definitely no Cummins…

  • Dennis

    I’m somewhat perplexed. Although this sounds good up front do the math. The diesel adder they say is like $3,000.00 and it gets better mileage. I’d be willing to bet that at the end of the day when the real world selling is happening it will be more like 4-5,000.00 adder. Ok how much better? I have 2011 Silverado 1500 that get about 20 on the highway. This truck will get what 22-23. Not a huge difference. Fuel is consistently 50-60 cents or more per gallon than gas. For the average person this will never give you a positive return on the investment. They do last longer than a gas motor but only if you maintain them religiously. A gas motor is much more forgiving. Maintenance is double what a gas motor is. A simple oil change gas versus a diesel with gas about $29.95 and diesel $59.95. Oil filters and air filters are double. The diesels typically can hold way more oil too. My gas truck six quarts. Some diesels 12-15 quarts. Fuel filters same thing and the diesel is changed more often. Batteries typical gas one battery $100.00 diesels almost always have two $200.00. One other thing diesels typically don’t like real cold. Many need to be plugged in so the block heaters keep them at a temp. so they start easier. Now the real kicker most people will never have the vehicle long enough to recoup the cost for diesel. The Ram 2500 motor is pretty bullet proof but the rest of the truck will turn to junk before the engine dies. Don’t get me wrong this news is exciting but the hype may get in the way of reality here.