• Dec 7, 2010
Pickup truck fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of light-duty diesel engines in half-ton trucks for the past several years, and it now appears that at least one automaker is about to deliver. According to a report from the all-Mopar-knowing minds at Allpar.com, Chrysler's dealer computer system is showing new entries for a diesel-powered Ram 1500 in regular and Quad Cab configurations.

In addition, the list of transmission options for the diesel reportedly includes what appears to be the long-awaited hybrid unit that was last seen in the short-lived Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen models. Is it possible that Chrysler plans to mate its hybridized automatic with the fuel-sipping and torque-laden diesel?

We have no way of verifying whether or not these high-efficiency trucks are scheduled for impending shipment to dealers, but we're pretty stoked by the idea of a 5.0-liter V8 from the diesel experts at Cummins – assuming the automaker can manage to keep the price reasonable. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: Allpar.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Turbo *and* hybrid in the same engine bay? Don't tell Simplecar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best news I have hear all year! Whoever builds the first Diesel half ton wins! Lets hope this does not fall through the crack like it has so many times before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can confirm, yes, this is true...5L diesel and hybrid (in low volumes).

      Given who I am & what I do for a living, you would believe me...but since you don't, maybe you're best off not believing everything ya read on the internet ; )

      Cheeeeeeeers
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have to agree with Dafish... Why do you need a monster Diesel in a 1/2 ton truck? A big 4 cly turbo Diesel or a V6 TD would be plenty and get better fuel mileage, even without the hybrid system...
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a Dodge pickup I'd buy!

      Now if only they'll retain the NV4500 manual transmission from the HD ram for this (probably wont happen, but I can dream)...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everything I'm seeing puts the 56 as a Mercedes product... got a link?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shibbyutman

        Thanks for the info, didn't know they were using Mercedes transmissions now (makes sense tho).

        No kiddin, those were the best trucks. I wish one of the American automakers would bring back a stripped down (no power windows, no bucket seats, etc) light duty pickup with a stick shift, manual transfer case, and good straight six engine. I'd pick one up the next day and never want another truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The G56 transmission is a Getrag unit, not Mercedes. They're trying to distance themselves as much as possible from Daimler...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The NV4500 was phased out in 03. They're using a G56 now. On a side note, I drove a 1500 2wd single cab short bed 4.7L with the six speed stick in it before Chrysler canceled that body configuration. What a blast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I disagree. In the past, smaller displacement solutions weren't properly implemented. As a result, you had an enemic engine spinning faster, with shorter gear ratios to do the same amount of work. Logically, you'd have the same fuel economy as a bigger mill turning slower.

      Today, you have DI, forced induction done correctly, higher compression ratios, more gears, and generally a higher power to weight ratio.

      A simple comparison is the new Ford 3.7. Its output is similar to the outgoing 5.4, but with far better economy. The 3.7 is also going to be more fuel efficient than the 5.0.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the love of all that's good in this world, please build a diesel half-ton.
      Diesel is more efficient, better for the environment, more powerful, easier to fuel to extract than gas, easier to replace with a bio-alternative.
      There are way too many reasons for the automotive industry to build a diesel half ton.
      I've started an online petition that I will eventually send off to the big-wigs of the major auto companies here in North America.
      Please visit the link below and let's send a message to these guys of the truck we want them to build.

      www.petitiononline.com/DIESELNA/petition.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish someone will make a 4-cylinder turbodiesel light-duty pickup. My 2001 VW 1.9L TDI puts out 256 ft-lbs of torque, can safely tow 1,000 lbs (I'm not sure of the payload), 0-60mph in 9 sec, and gets 45mpg in a 1.5ton car. I would love to get a fuel efficient pickup, but I'm never plan on towing a boat, horse trailer, or Airstream. I'd just need something to move furniture, appliances, and the occasional large purchases from Home Depot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, my TDI is modified. Just the basic larger fuel injector nozzles and chip (remaps fuel quantity and turbo boost). $500 worth of upgrades moved my engine from 90hp to ~130hp, 155ft-lbs to ~250ft-lbs, and 0-60mph from 12.2s to 9.2s...without any decrease in fuel economy. I'm positive that auto manufacturers can do a better job in all categories. Ford, Mazda, and Hyundai seem to be moving the in right direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There have been so many rumors and aborted plans for diesel half tons trucks by now. I will believe it when someone actually puts one into production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GMs 6.6 Duramax in my 3/4 ton would comfortably run 23 mpg at almost 500 hp and 850 lbs of torque. Downsizing a little in size and weight will increase that a fair bit, however, it is the regulations on emissions that are hurting the true fuel economy potential of diesels. GMs Opel designed a diesel car that runs a 2.1 litre turbo diesel at 113 mpg with a top speed of 155 mph. Detune that engine a little and throw it in a malibu, you'd be getting 80+ mpg and likely pay an additional $4000. Considering the rant earlier, at 35 mpg better than the gas version and 20 000 miles per year... in 4 years you recover your investment and then save $ 1000 a year in fuel alone, never mind maintenance and residual value.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A hybrid diesel would be an interesting base for a prerunner project...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Engines are small in europe because they are taxed based on displacement. I want a 1/2 ton diesel for the occasional cross country 7000 lb towing trip. Current diesels are overkill for this. Current 1/2 tons will do it, but I want to do it comfortably at low rpm. The new Ford ecoboost V6 may fit that need.
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