Ram 1500 To Get Diesel Engine

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ram 1500 to get diesel engine

Chrysler will be the first truck maker to offer a diesel engine on a half-ton pickup, when the Ram 1500 gets an oil-burner in Q3 of this year.

The diesel will be the same 3.0L VM Motori engine as used in the Grand Cherokee, good for 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque in that application. USA Today, which broke the story, reported that Ram boss Fred Diaz would not disclose power figures or pricing information, the two big question marks for the new model.

Diesel options in heavy duty pickups typically cost thousands more as optional equipment. TrueCar’s Jesse Toprak suggested that offering a small premium, akin to Ford’s EcoBoost V6 in the F-150, would shake things up in the segment, but Diaz seemed to shrug off that notion. Regardless, Toprak felt that the diesel option could be good for as many as 10,000 units.

With this announcement, it will be interesting to see if any truck makers follow suit and offer a quarter-ton diesel option. Aside from wanting to combat Ram’s lock on this model, there will likely be positive implications as far as CAFE goes. VM Motori is half owned by GM, though the company will offer a new mid-size Colorado for fuel-economy conscious buyers (though in many markets, the Colorado can be had with a Duramax diesel).

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Feb 15, 2013

    @DenverMike I sorry I will not debate you anymore, particularly after what you wrote above. You are a stupid and dangerous person. Why would anyone deviate from the manufactures specifications regarding the use of a vehicle and a commercial vehicle carrying loads? And you claim to be a transport operator? What a selfish, ignorant, irresponsible jerk you are. You are a hazard to your community. I thought you stated that you use your V8 for work only. How can you possibly achieve those fuel figures. Or you are a troll and a real fool. I'm sorry if what I wrote offends other contributors on this site but this guy is a genuine loser. @Lynn E. I think you have nutted out DenverMike. I might not totally agree with your view of pickup drivers though.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Feb 15, 2013

      @RobertRyan - "You should be not on the road, completely reckless behavior." I've done some crazy things behind the wheel (in my youth), but this doesn't even register. Seriously, you're being silly.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Feb 15, 2013

    My belief is that most of these will be sold for fleet use, most half ton truck buyers are not into diesels here in the US.

  • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Feb 15, 2013

    @Jaje said: "Complete ignorance of the subject and your “observations” do not trump science and reality. Simply stated diesel has a higher energy density than gasoline" Thanks for that it was going to be reply.

  • RobertRyan RobertRyan on Feb 15, 2013

    @Denvermike said: "@RobertRyan – “You should be not on the road, completely reckless behavior.” I’ve done some crazy things behind the wheel (in my youth), but this doesn’t EVEN REGISTER. Seriously, you’re being silly." So driving dangerously on the road, does not "even register" for you?

    • DenverMike DenverMike on Feb 15, 2013

      "So driving dangerously on the road, does not “even register” for you?" Depends on your definition of driving dangerous. I'm already more cautious than most because of the often precarious, top heavy and unbalanced loads I carry. You can't dismantle and rearrange, you to deal with what you have and where you have. If I'm running minimum resistance settings on my F-150, I'll drive with slightly more caution and so what? It's always under the right conditions, but I drove a first generation Bronco II for many years on 35" BFGs and 6" of lift. No big deal, I just couldn't drive it like a damn IROC and was always conscious of my surroundings. This deserves jail time, if it was up to you!