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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 Philippine Mango on 2/14/2013 10:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
I mean just make a pickup truck like the size of a Tacoma or Ranger that weighs less than 3000lbs and has a 1.8L engine like those old Chevy Luv pickup trucks of the 70s. That Chevy Luv with the diesel was like 60hp with lots of torque and got 30mpg! Imagine if they used a modern engine, they could get 130hp with the more torque and the same or better MPG.

RE: Why can't they make a smallish pickup truck
By JediJeb on 2/14/2013 11:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly miss those vehicles from the late 70s to mid 80s. The Chevy Luv, Ford Currier, Dodge D50, original Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Isuzu, little trucks. I like my full size for when I need it but those original ones were great for daily drivers, along with the original S10 and Ranger(the latter Rangers just got too big for what they should have been).

I still wish I hadn't sold my 85 Ranger extended cab a couple years ago, but I just couldn't afford to rebuild the engine at the time.

RE: Why can't they make a smallish pickup truck
By Spuke on 2/15/2013 4:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
I mean just make a pickup truck like the size of a Tacoma or Ranger that weighs less than 3000lbs and has a 1.8L engine like those old Chevy Luv pickup trucks of the 70s.
How can you make a Tacoma or Ranger sized pickup that weighs over 1000 lbs less than what it does now?

By JediJeb on 2/15/2013 11:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
The curb weight of a 2005 long bed regular cab ranger was only 3073 pounds, so it isn't an impossible task. That one is a little larger than a 70s Chevy Luv.

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