• Sep 11th 2008 at 3:30PM
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Those intrepid sleuths over at PickupTrucks.com have noticed an underhood sticker that may offer an early glimpse into the upcoming small-displacement diesel engine for the 2010 Dodge Ram. We've really got to hand it to Mike Levine and his crew for this one. You've really got to be dedicated to check every little sticker and plaque on a new car to notice that the automaker has inadvertently listed the displacement for a future engine on the air conditioner's R-134a sticker. Fortunately, their every nook-and-cranny nitpicking shows that the Dodge will likely offer a 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 engine from its long-standing diesel engine partner, Cummins, in the 2010 Ram. This new powerplant will join the 4.4-liter diesel from Ford and the 4.5-liter oil-burner from General Motors in the light-duty diesel truck market. These new diesels will offer more power than their gasoline-fed siblings along with 25-percent better fuel economy. Truck-makers hope they'll spark a pickup revival of sorts, and we have high hopes for them as well. Let the battle begin!

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      So will Nissan Titan have this engine as well?

      I just hope that whatever Chrysler gets back will be just as good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny reveal, especially since they didn't have to break it down by engine size, they all take the same amount to charge the system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unless diesel comes down in price vs gas, I'm not sure the added costs would be recoupable in fuel savings. That could make a small diesel a sales dog.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, it sure doesn't stop the heavy-duty buyers from buying up diesels.

        I don't expect the lighter-duty versions to be much different. The mileage difference will be fairly significant and will make a big difference in total fuel cost even despite the higher per gallon cost. It's that way with every other diesel-powered vehicles right now.

        That's also assuming that they don't saddle the smaller diesels with an $7000 premium for the engine like they do with the larger ones. I don't expect that though. I think we'll see them tacking on more like $1K-2K instead.

        Plus, there's the fact that diesel engines and powerbands are tailor-made for trucks. Truck buyers love the low-RPM power and aren't the type to prefer high-revving motors. These smaller diesels will allow larger V-8 power with the fuel economy of a much smaller V-6 without the penalty of the lesser power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Truck-makers hope they'll spark a pickup revival of sorts, and we have high hopes for them as well. Let the battle begin!"

      Kind of a poor choice of words considering they're talking about diesel, which doesnt spark.

      And to the guy that said chryslers are crappy, a good friend of mine has a 1978 dodge truck with a 318 and automatic transmission with 300,000 miles or 500,000km on it. ORIGINAL ENGINE AND TRANS. Granted that doesnt say anything about newer chryslers but the old ones are good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      THAT ONE PERSON!!!!

      STFU I don't really care what you think about me.

      You'R definitely that kind of people (Rd Ncks) who think that are well-educated people.

      and since when Chrisler is known by putting reliable products out into the market.

        • 7 Years Ago
        U R a Tool. L8r
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you don't care, why are you responding?

        I know I shouldn't mess with trolls, but I love their responses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...still not fooling anyone.

        Unless you're missing fingers, you'd better be able to construct and type a sentence as well as the person you're accusing of false pedigree.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I-6 diesel is an excellent design. would a lower displacement V-8 have an advantage other than the fact you could glue a V-8 badge on the front quarters? maybe more torque from less volume?
      • 7 Years Ago
      will it be a V8? i believe the 6.7 is an inline 6
        • 7 Years Ago
        What he said - is there more information you guys didn't share that indicated a V8 configuration?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it would be awesome to see them come out with it as a 5.0L inline 4cyl.

        It's not like it would be terribly larger than the current I-6. at 6.7L, that would make it a 4.5L(actually 4.47L) 4cyl if they just lobbed off 2 of the cylinders.

        I think it will probably be a small I-6 or a V-8 though if it does actually come out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is gonna B another unreliable piece of crap from Chrisler.
        • 7 Years Ago
        TJ- perhaps you found the reason for the short post.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You obviously know nothing about their trucks OR their diesels.

        Uneducated moron. Why don't you take the FASTLANE back to Dumbville...
        • 7 Years Ago
        How do you even have the brainpower to type and breathe at the same time?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is one of the funniest reveals I have seen in a long time....
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's great is that it looks like all of the engines uses the same refrigerant charge. So they could have just said that on the sticker and not tipped their hand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Soooooo....where does it say that this is a V-8 engine? As far as I can tell, that sticker doesn't list and engine configurations.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw a forum where a guy found, on his Nissan Frontier's owner's manual, a space for "hybrid."

      I dunno if this really means the Ram's going to get the engine. It's more likely than a Frontier Hybrid, but it could just be for a theoretical engine they may put out later on but aren't sure of yet.
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