Poll anyone on the Autoblog staff and we'll tell you that a light-duty diesel pickup is a good idea. And while the refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 brings pickup-firsts like an eight-speed automatic and start/stop to the table, new reports state that diesel power might make it into the Chrysler Group's stalwart truck, as well.

According to Allpar.com, Chrysler has reportedly been building some one-off Ram 1500 test mules fitted with a 3.0-liter VM Motori V6 turbo-diesel, an engine that's currently found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in other markets and will be available on our shores in the not-too-distant future. However, if a diesel Ram were to be offered in the States, it wouldn't be for a few more years.

PickupTrucks.com states that this 3.0-liter oil-burning engine could be tuned to produce in excess of 400 pound-feet of torque, and when used in conjunction with a truck platform, could provide up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. Even if a diesel-powered Ram is still a far-off prospect, consider our interest piqued.


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      Meef
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...prepares order for white Ram Diesel 1500 4x4...where's the BUY button!!!
      Kris O.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Chrysler Group LLC, QUIT TEASING US AND BUILD IT ALREADY!!!! Also put in the Jeep Unlimiteds. Or at least make it California emissions compliant so I can do an emissions legal engine swap. Sincerely, All of the people your marketing department continues to ignore. P.S. How are those JK-8 kits going? You know, the ones that same marketing department said would never sell but you sold out of.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was looking for a diesel to pull a race car, but did not want to spring for a 2500. I would probably buy it. Depending on the tow numbers. I think it is a great idea.
      Buckus Comments
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't think of a better application for a diesel engine.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent news to say the least! I hope the Ram 1500 diesel sells like hotcakes!
      Prideandufc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll buy one. I have an x5 diesel right now and love it. except i have to have a trailer for anything larger than cargo area.
      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      One would think that fiat would be better off using one of their I5 or I6 diesels for a truck. They make those for Iveco, i think the division is called Fiat Industrial. The only reson for a V6 is to save space, and there is plenty of spaceunder the binnet of a truck. They would still have to add the emission tech like catalysts and urea ehxaust treatment. But probably not gonna happen at all. Interesting enough, in europe, all the vans and pickups (like Iveco or ford transit) are not even offered with a gasoline engine. And diesel is no longer cheaper.
        Classic Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Val
        The market for diesels in North America is still very small, so it doesn’t make sense for Chrysler to offer several different diesel engines. i think it’s a one size fit’s all approach, since the Gr Cherokee, 300 and minivans are set to have the same diesel engine in the US as they have in Europe. One engine also means a smaller investment in parts warehousing and service training...
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      With the trend towards larger displacement diesels to meet the stringent emission regs, I'm surprised it could be as small as a 3.0L. But this is long overdue, they would sell like hot cakes up in my area with the 2013's new airbag suspension (increased load capacity) and a diesel for towing and mileage. I'd buy one, and get them for my fleet pickups as well!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about a Wrangler Diesel?
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        rumored to be coming to the states for the next gen wrangler
      Nastygear7
      • 2 Years Ago
      what happend to the 5.0 cummins to go in the 1500s?
      oly va ha
      • 2 Years Ago
      i live in sacramento and saw a grand cherokee with the diesel, it had the badging and the lovely sound of diesel under the hood, i thought it was going to come out next year....well its already on the road, had i not been working i would have taken some photos
      Brandon Christensen
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a Ram dealer. I get requests weekly by folks wanting a diesel in the Ram 1500. its a great idea and it would sell like hotcakes. The EPA needs to focus more on mileage instead of particulates. Take the new Ram Heavy duty with the 6.7 Cummins. It will get 22 mpg with the egr and dpf removed. In stock form it will get 14 to 16 mpg. Why burn more of our precious fossil fuels in order to trap particulates? Either the gas companies are in thr EPAs hip pocket or someone in Washington DC likes driving his Hybrid.
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