Dodge recently officially announced that the new 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck, complete with the latest 3.6L Pentastar V6, is capable of towing 7,450lbs, making it the class leader in its specific segment, besting the ratings from everyone else.
And better yet, the 2014 Ram 1500 with the all-new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is good for torwing up to 9,200lbs. Both are mated to Chrysler’s latest use of ZF’s eight-speed automatic, which they’ve branded as the TorqueFlite 8.
“There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades,” said Mike Cairns, Ram Truck’s chief engineer. “Now that we’re building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. ”
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Ram Announces New EcoDiesel Max Towing Number
2014 Ram 1500 Achieves New Best-in-class Tow Rating for V-6 Gasoline Pickups
– 2014 Ram 1500 with 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 tows 7,450 lbs., topping all base V-6 engines in the segment
– More robust parking system components inside the exclusive 8-speed transmission allow for greater tow rating
– 3.0-liter EcoDiesel towing capacity rated at 9,200 lbs. – approaching large V-8 capability
– No direct competitor for new Ram 1500 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with best-in-class fuel economy that will exceed the current title holder, Ram’s 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine at 25 MPG
The capability race is far from over. The 2014 Ram 1500 takes top spot in V-6 towing capacity at 7,450 lbs. To reach the best-in-class number, Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 for a higher capacity rating.
“There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades,” said Mike Cairns – Chief Engineer, Ram Truck. “Now that we’re building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. “
Ram also finalized the maximum towing number for the exclusive Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. In a 2WD, two-door, long bed configuration, the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 lbs. The new diesel engine approaches much larger displacement V-8 towing capability with a small but powerful 3.0-liter V-6 and best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25 MPG on the highway.
– By: Chris Chin