Chrysler announced at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto on Thursday that the Ram 1500 pick-up truck with be available with a diesel engine starting in the third quarter of the year.
The new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will use the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 unit manufactured by Italy’s VM Motori, mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission that is also going to be an option in the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee (rumours are circulating that the Jeep Wrangler may also get the same engine).
“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 Ram CEO Fred Diaz, adding “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.”
Ram did not release any performance or fuel economy numbers for the V-6 diesel, but in the Grand Cherokee this engine is rated at 240-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, returning an estimated 1,500 kilometres at 7.8 L/100km.
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