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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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By GotThumbs on 2/14/2013 11:35:07 AM , Rating: 1
An added advantage with diesel engines is the longevity of the engines. Less moving parts than a gas engine and practically bullet proof IMO. 300,000 miles is the expected rebuild millage on a Cummings engine (straight six). Most gas owners wouldn't consider a gas engine with 75,000 miles on it. I just rolled 145,000 miles on my Dodge Ram Cummings.

What I would really like to see...is the millions of gallons of used cooking oil from local restaurants be processed into Bio-diesel and sold locally. This is a product that can be used twice, once for cooking and then as clean fuel. This Bio-diesel could be used to fuel local city buses and semi-tractor trailers.

No need to drill or re-invent the engine if you tap into this overlooked resource IMO. Diesels were actually designed to run on peanut oil.

Best wishes,


By Jeffk464 on 2/14/2013 4:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
It really depends on the type of miles, manufacturer, and maintenance. I would have no problem buying a toyota or honda with that many miles so long as I new the owner, and know it was babied.


By Jeffk464 on 2/14/2013 4:09:33 PM , Rating: 2
The cooking oil is a great way to reduce waste, but it only works on a small scale.


By JediJeb on 2/15/2013 11:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
. Less moving parts than a gas engine and practically bullet proof IMO


I agree with most of what you said, but I am not sure there really is much difference in the number of parts between a gas and diesel engine. Pistons, rods, crank, cam, valves, balancers are all needed for each in the same amount(with the exception maybe of the high performance engines with more than two valves per cylinder).


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