Chrysler has announced a production increase for its 2015 Ram EcoDiesel models that will increase the diesel mix from one in ten to one in five of all Ram 1500 full-size pickups.
The 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel, with rated outputs of 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, claims best-in-class fuel consumption of 8.4L/100 km (combied city and highway).
It is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and carries a five- year/160,000-km powertrain warranty.
Strong consumer demand – double the initial expectation – is cited as the reason for the increase in diesel production. Ram Truck worked with powertrain supplier VM Motori (Fiat Group Automobiles) to increase production to meet North American demand.
“Innovation sometimes comes with risk, but being first to market with a diesel engine for the half-ton segment has shown to be a great decision for the Ram Brand,” said Bob Hegbloom, president and CEO of Ram Truck.
Availability of the diesel engine has proven to be a key to conquest sales from the brand's competitors, he added. Ram truck is the only manufacturer currently offering diesel powertrain in its light-duty pickups.