Chrysler Takes the Plunge, Will Offer V6 Turbodiesel in Ram 1500 This Year
February 14, 2013 9:46 AM
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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
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.
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
on the light-duty turbodiesel.
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2/14/2013 12:25:49 PM
The heavy duty (2500+) pickup diesels like Cummins don't meet strict US/California emissions regulations for light duty vehicles, including regular pickups. They have to use the new "clean diesel" engines.
2/14/2013 1:44:29 PM
Well, since there is no chance in H_LL that I'll EVER be moving to California and since it's a 2003 3500 Quad-cab with only 145,000 miles on it....I'm not concerned with Obama's EPA. I'll drive it till the body falls apart, then I'll replace that part.
I'll never be buying a brand new car/truck. It just not worth it to me IMO.
2/15/2013 3:58:27 PM
Heavy duty pickups were exempt from CA emissions testing until a year ago. Even then, the emissions test is a joke and easy to pass. It's really not an emissions test, they're just looking for modded trucks. Still easy to pass even with a modded truck IMO.
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