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Ram to offer fuel-efficient diesel engine in light-duty pickup

Production of diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickup to begin in third quarter of 2013

Published: February 20, 2013, 2:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:01 PM

Diesel engines have been available in heavy-duty (over 8500 lb GVW) pickups for decades. But they haven't been offered in modern-day light-duty models – until now.

That situation is scheduled to change in the third quarter of this year when Chrysler is scheduled to begin building light-duty Ram pickups with a small-displacement diesel engine.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel engine, mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

Diesel engines are renowned for their low fuel consumption and exceptional torque output and the company expects this package to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class torque and an impressive driving range between fill-ups.

"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," says Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram truck brand.

The Ram's new, advanced technology 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel, a version of which is also offered in the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, is said to achieve a 60% reduction in emissions compared to diesel powerplants of 25 years ago.

The engine will be built by VM Motori, a long-time diesel engine supplier to Chrysler, which is 50% owned by parent company Fiat.

Ram picups are the second-best-selling vehicles in Canada, behind only the Ford F-Series. The 2013 Ram 1500 won both the Motor Trend Truck of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards for 2013. The addition of a light-duty diesel to the lineup is likely to further enhance the truck's competitive position.