Happy Valentine's Day, diesel lovers! Chrysler announced today that the Ram 1500 will offer a light-duty diesel engine when it goes into production this fall. Using the same turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 recently introduced in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ram 1500 is expected to get even better fuel economy than the current 2013 model's best-in-class 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Power output has not been released for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but in the Grand Cherokee, this engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and it will be paired with Chrysler's eight-speed automatic transmission. This has definitely been a busy and exciting year for the Ram division, bringing home major awards such as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and 2013 Truck of Texas not to mention the recent announcement that the Ram HD models will offer a best-in-class towing capacity of 30,000 pounds – all of which is pointed out in the press release, below.
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Ram to Build Industry's Only Light-duty Diesel Pickup3.0-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."

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.


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      Sheldon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damnit, I'm in the same boat as Reggie. I'm a Ford guy, but I'd love a diesel half-ton. My only consolation is that maybe Ford will have something out by the time I'm ready to buy my next truck.
        itguy08
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheldon
        They could as they are offering a Diesel in the US Transit. It would be a cinch to pop that in an F150.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Ram Truck. I\'m not sure why this has taken so damned long. This would now be my next truck.
      rjwatsonmotors
      • 1 Year Ago
      Over the fence and thee blocks down the street!
      jtav2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interested to see towing and MPG specs.
      d66coronet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford F150 4x2 Ecoboost 3.5L 6sp auto has an impressive 420 lb-ft 1700-5000rpm torque range and fuel economy 16 city, 18 comb, 22highway. (as per fueleconomy.gov). The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x2 matches closely to the Ram 1500 4x2 as per fueleconomy.gov. 2013 Jeep GC 3.6L 5sp auto 17/19/23, 5.7L 6sp auto 13/15/20. 2012 Ram 1500 5.7L 6sp 14/16/20, 2013 3.6L 8sp 18/21/25 (pickuptrucks.com). 2014 Jeep GC (as per M/T) 3.6L 8sp 17 city & 25highway. 5.7L 8sp 15city & 21highway. VM3.0Lcrd 8sp 21city 24-25 average 30 highway mpg 4x2 & 4x4 20/28mpg. 240hp 3600 rpm 420lb-ft 1800-2800rpm. If you limit the 3.5L ecoboost to 3800rpm it falls close to 280hp. 365hp @5000 rpm. So the Ram 1500 diesel isn't close to being as quick as the F150 ecoboost, but they should haul the same and the Ram 1500 diesel will have impressive range. The 8sp will help in it's quickness.
      CharlesM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dodge is really missing the mark here in terms of power output. They should be focusing on a turbocharged variant of their already very good gasoline V6 instead of using a not particularly powerful diesel.
        Mark Horner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CharlesM
        Wrong, the name of the game in the truck world is spelled TORQUE, just where a light duty diesel functions well
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CharlesM
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        car-a-holic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CharlesM
        I think your misunderstanding the truck buyer demographic......
        Tracy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CharlesM
        Ram diesel has same power as F150 Ecoboost (420 lb-ft) and Ram has the power at lower RPM. Ram also will deliver higher mpg than Ecoboost. Your comment makes no sense CharlesM.
          CEC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tracy
          macutty That would be news to Ford. According to their own website it peaks at 2500RPM. http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/ Know what you are posting about or don't post at all.
          macutty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tracy
          Actuall the ecoboost makes peak at 1700rpm where as the ram peaks at 1900rpm. Oh ya, and the ram makes 125hp less.
      macutty
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the same tourque but 125hp less than the ecoboost F150? I think we can call this one a miss on Ram's part, never mind the increased fuel and maintenance costs. Dont get me wrong, I'm eager to see diesels in half tonnes but Ram is obviousley very scared of the impact in higher margin 3/4 and 1 tonne sales.
        omgcool
        • 1 Year Ago
        @macutty
        Expect the fuel economy to approach 30 highway, which will pay for the premium in one to three years. Ecoboost is a fine package, but a 1/2 ton diesel is a whole 'nother animal.
          macutty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @omgcool
          Rated for 30 maybe, real world I doubt fuel economy will be more than 30% better than the ecoboost (18mpg ecoboost vs 24mpg ram) and aroung these parts diesel is 15-20% more than gas so it will be a small pocketbook savings on the fuel but once initial purchase and maintenance are factored I doubt you will be ahead and more likely behind. And all this with 125 fewer ponies. I'm not hating on diesels or Ram here, I'm a huge supporter of 1/2 tonne deisels but castrating power to protect a higher margin segment of the business is definately Ram's strategy which is what I have a problem with. Give us a 400hp/500ftlb motor (which is easily possible put of that mill) and I'll be one of the first to line up with cash in hand. Mark my words, tuners will deliver these power figures and probably more but it will come at the cost of your powertrain warranty (rams stick to discourage those that might consider this over a 3/4 or 1 tonne).
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @macutty
        Who cares about horsepower in a truck? People with that kind of thinking is why they have waiting so long to put out a diesel half ton. Torque>>>horsepower when it comes to actual truck duties. Real world fuel mileage on this, unlike what you said, is going to be MILES ahead of the Ecoboost. Due to the high amount of torque at such a low RPM, diesels get roughly the same fuel mileage fully loaded with a trailer as they do empty, while the Ecoboost's MPGs are cut in half, along with every other non-diesel truck. Another major plus is the longevity of a diesel vs gas truck. As long as Dodge doesn't mess up this engine I would expect it to last at least twice as long as an Ecoboost engine. We are talking 400,000 miles vs 200,000 miles, more than most people will put on there, but a major plus for those that will.
          Rjn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike
          Horsepower isn't everything, but to imply it doesn't matter, not sure I agree. Also, low rpm torque is great from the ecoboost engine, peaking at 2500 rpm, just 500 rpm higher than the auto trans torque converter lock up speed. the torque curve is very flat, thank you twin turbos. That said I am very excited about a diesel option, hope this inspires Ford and GM. The fruits of competition could be awesome for the consumer, much like the pony cars have enjoyed in the last 5+ years. Hope to be in the market for a new truck next year, will definitely give this one a look.
        Chuck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @macutty
        macutty, regarding your comment below in this thread about a diesel costing twice as much to maintain as a gas engine: I would respectfully disagree. Having owned both gas and diesel consumer trucks that I have used as trucks (commuting and hauling/pulling etc) I would estimate that maintenance costs on the diesel are about 15-20% more, mainly due to the fact that the diesel truck takes 3X more oil in an oil change. Buying in bulk decreases the cost differential.
      Jesse
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm buying one. I've been waiting for the day when the first 1/2 truck comes to market with a diesel. Ram you win!
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chevy should call their truck the Bronzerado since it cant touch a F150 or RAM. I see a tug of war with an Ecoboost and this new guy. Love competition. F150 and RAM got it going on.
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      Don G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow... Coil springs, Air suspension, active shutters, 8-speed auto.. and now a Diesel. And GM is bringing a redesigned full size with????
        Derodeo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Don G
        Yup Ram has almost everything - except decent payload ratings.Which used to be kind of important for a truck.
      narcszm
      • 1 Year Ago
      About damn time. Ford, Chevy, GMC - your move.
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