Chrysler Takes the Plunge, Will Offer V6 Turbodiesel in Ram 1500 This Year
February 14, 2013 9:46 AM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: It's about time
2/15/2013 1:36:09 PM
I think it's great that you do your own engine work, but just FYI, diesel engines don't have short piston strokes. I'm not sure where you ever came up with that idea.
In fact, the Cummins 6.7 is an undersquare engine just like most diesel engines.
"4.21 inches bore (106.9 mm) and 4.88 inches (124.0 mm) stroke"
Gas engines certainly don't destroy themselves if used at max torque unless they are just poorly designed. A Diesel engine will normally last longer (assuming both are maintained well) due to several factors such as the fuel being a lubricant and the much lower RPM. The torque curve is there - it can be mostly flat on a lot of the newer turbo engines but that's a function of the turbo. If you don't believe me, here is the torque curve of a BMW N54 3.0L Gas engine:
Turbos give great torque curves.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
Ford Says It Can React Quickly If There is U.S. Demand for Diesel Cars
February 12, 2013, 8:36 AM
Consumer Reports: Small Turbo Engines Don't Meet Efficiency Claims
February 5, 2013, 9:29 AM
Efficient EcoBoost V6 Engine Captures 36% of F-150 Sales
April 28, 2011, 6:10 PM
Toyota Wants to Increase Lithium-Ion Battery Production to 20,000/Year
May 20, 2013, 9:30 PM
Mercedes Aims for 45 MPG Highway on New E250 Bluetec 4Matic Diesel Sedan
May 20, 2013, 8:20 AM
Tesla to Issue More Stock, Pay Off Energy Loans with Proceeds
May 16, 2013, 1:58 PM
NC Becomes Latest State to Threaten Tesla's Direct Sales to Customers
May 14, 2013, 11:33 AM
Consumer Study Shows Buyers Are Embracing Fuel Sipping Vehicles
May 8, 2013, 11:09 AM
Tesla Interested in Google's Self-Driving Technology
May 7, 2013, 4:48 PM
Most Popular Articles
Windows 8.1 Will Be Free; Microsoft Holds Onto Struggling ARM Variant
May 14, 2013, 2:57 PM
Google Announces "Pure" Galaxy Nexus S4 for $649, Android Updates
May 15, 2013, 1:42 PM
Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed While Discussing Steve Jobs, Shows Off Life-Saving Tech on 60 Minutes
May 13, 2013, 12:30 PM
U.S. Federal Traffic Board Wants to Make Drunk Driving Threshold Far Harsher
May 15, 2013, 11:32 AM
Google's Eric Schmidt: "Don't Be Evil" was Stupid
May 14, 2013, 11:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
Elon Musk Willing to Spend More Money on Widening of 405 Freeway
Apr 26, 2013, 7:28 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information