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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 TrueCar.com 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 agentsmithitaly on 2/14/2013 11:11:21 AM , Rating: 4
Sorry Beenthere
Common rail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_rail) a key technology that powers all modern Diesel engines has been entirely developed by Fiat. The first Common Rail Diesel engine was available in the Alfa Romeo 156 car. Common rail tecnology was the key ingredient to unleash the true potential of Diesel engines, including the Cummins engine you mentioned. While Fiat has still its issues, long time passed since it was called "fix it again Tony"...

VM Motori is only 50% Fiat property, the other half is General Motors property which, if I remember correctly, is an American company. And by the way I don't see anything wrong in this decision, why do they need to outsource the engine?

In the end I agree with you about the feasiblity of Fiat models rebadge into Chrysler models, I guess this is standard practice among international carmakers. They did the same in Italy, where the Dodge Journey has been renamed Fiat Freemont, the Chrysler Sebring became a Lancia Flavia and the 300C (a car that I really like) became Lancia Thema. Also here Lancia fans complained about this trick that spoiled the great brand reputation and history, but in this shrinking economy you need to provide new models at the lowest development expenditure, Marchionne is doing a fine job. Perhaps he's the best manager Fiat ever had after Vittorio Ghidella


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