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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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By cknobman on 2/14/2013 12:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
Diesel is not a guarantee for longevity and if something does go wrong it is much more expensive to fix than a gasoline powered vehicle.

I worked at firestone and kwik kar (this was about 15 years ago when I was a late teen) and would regularly see gas powered trucks come in for routine oil changes on original built engines that had over 150000 miles (these were commonly Toyota Tacomas).

Todays gasoline powered engines with proper maintenance will last 200000 miles (and even more).

Also with the average turnover rate of most consumers they are likely never even going to own the vehicle long enough to wear it out or even recoupe the extra cost for diesel anyways.

By Dr of crap on 2/14/2013 12:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, exactly!

It's just another expensive alternative, but we do need all of these alternatives for everyone to sort through for themselves, EVs, hybrids, diesels, CNGs, fuel cells - all of them.

But I do agree with you!

By Jeffk464 on 2/14/2013 4:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
I knew a guy who had over 250,000 on a turbo toyota truck, the old bullet proof 22re. To top it off it was a turbo, of course the turbo didn't make it to 250,000.

By JediJeb on 2/14/2013 11:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
Also with the average turnover rate of most consumers they are likely never even going to own the vehicle long enough to wear it out or even recoupe the extra cost for diesel anyways.

The ones who will purchase the diesel option are more like me, I have owned my current truck 16 years and really don't see a reason to trade it off yet. If I can get a good quality diesel in a half ton truck with decent fuel mileage I would probably purchase that and keep it another 20 years. I just want to make sure the next one I do purchase is going to last 20 years or else it isn't even worth my consideration.

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