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While General Motors and Ford drag their feet, Chrysler says "YES" to turbodiesels in half-ton trucks

It looks as though diesel mania is finally starting to catch on in the United States. Chrysler has confirmed that it will be offering a V6 turbodiesel in its Ram 1500 "consumer grade" pickup during the third quarter of 2013 according to USA Today.
The Big Three (Chrysler, Ford, GM) have long offered turbodiesel engines in their heavy-duty pickups, but have been reluctant to offer diesel power in their half-ton trucks due to concerns that Americans wouldn't pony up the money for a more fuel efficient engine (the 6.7 liter Cummins turbodiesel option on heavy-duty Ram pickups is a $7,795 option).
Auto enthusiasts have been craving a diesel engine in half-ton pickups for years, but the manufacturers have constantly pushed back. Chrysler, however, is finally listening to its customers.  "Customers have been emphatically asking for this, thirsting for it, craving it," said Fred Diaz, CEO of Chrysler's Ram division, citing internal studies.

Ram 1500
Unlike the diesel engine offered in heavy-duty versions of the Ram, Cummins won’t make this engine. Italian company VM Motori will instead manufacture the 3-liter V6 turbodiesel. The same engine will be available in the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and produces 240hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in that application.
For comparison, the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi available in the Ram 1500 produces 360hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which is billed as a fuel-efficient and powerful option for the F-150, is rated at 365hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. However, it wouldn't be a stretch to state that the Ram 1500 turbodiesel should have no problem outclassing the EcoBoost in EPA and real world fuel economy.
Chrysler is currently staying mum on pricing/fuel economy for the turbo diesel engine option, but expects the company to court an additional 10,000 in the first year of availability with continued growth in the coming years.

Updated 2/14/2013 @ 2:32pm EST
Chrysler has made an offiical announement on the light-duty turbodiesel.

Sources: USA Today, Chrysler

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RE: It's about time
By GotThumbs on 2/14/2013 11:00:04 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree.

I had to go up to the Ram 3500 to get the Cummings diesel engine. I'm still pleased with it and just completed a 2,200+ mile trip. The 1-ton 3500 is overkill for my needs, but my top requirement was a diesel engine and manual transmission.

Best wishes,

RE: It's about time
By Ammohunt on 2/14/2013 11:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
I would love to have a diesel Dodge with a Cummins but even the used ones are out of my prices range right now. As far as i am concerned Cummins diesel is the only reason to buy a dodge diesel truck i personally wouldn't buy a dodge without one.

RE: It's about time
By GotThumbs on 2/14/2013 11:24:39 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was looking at Ford F-250 diesels, but the Cummings was just a more reliable engine IMO. The quality of the interior is not good though. My dash is cracked in multiple places and the interior design it rather bland (2003 Ram 3500 Quad-Short. The engine over-powered all of those issues though. If Dodge put a diesel in the Dakota, I'm sure they would have buyers. No many people want a 1 ton truck for weekend trips to HomeDepot.
btw. I actually bought it through Ebay. I didn't buy new. I had first approached a dealer with my specs and the price I was willing to pay, but I never heard back from him. I ended up finding exactly what I wanted, for the price I wanted to pay. I did have to fly to Houston and then drive it 1,000+ miles home, but I am still thrilled with the truck and purchase. Ebay feedback IS key to a good transaction.

Best wishes,

Best wishes

RE: It's about time
By Argon18 on 2/14/2013 4:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, Cummins is a good engine. It's funny, Ford uses the Powerstroke (built by International) in their F250, F350 and F450.

But in the larger F550, F650, and F750, they use a Cummins. Hmmmmm.

RE: It's about time
By aebiv on 2/14/2013 10:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
The new Powerstroke is a Ford engine, not an International one.

They designed it completely in-house and bought the name from International.

RE: It's about time
By Reclaimer77 on 2/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: It's about time
By Bad-Karma on 2/17/2013 2:57:47 PM , Rating: 1
I always though that it was better to be stroked than rammed....

RE: It's about time
By Jeffk464 on 2/14/2013 4:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't buy any new truck until you see what toyota has up its sleeve with the new tundra. The old one was getting a little dated, the new one might have the same dependability and have all the new tech that's in the f150.

RE: It's about time
By Reclaimer77 on 2/14/2013 4:30:08 PM , Rating: 1
The old one was getting a little dated, the new one might have the same dependability and have all the new tech that's in the f150.

Yeah for only a third more in cost than an F-150.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Tundra is a great truck. But it's still, you know, a TRUCK. Toyota wants too much for the Tundra imo. Especially when stacked up against the competition.

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