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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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RE: It's about time
By Skywalker123 on 2/17/2013 12:59:04 AM , Rating: 2
Diesels don't have incredibly "short piston strokes"...

Odd...I have IH,Cummins,PS,and Cat diesels in my vehicles, I do all my own repair work, and yes they are much shorter stoked than their gasser equivalents.

Thats odd, the Caterpillar c9 u mention in another post is has a MUCH longer stroke than most engines,

In-line 6-Cylinder, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel
Bore — in (mm) .................... 4.53 (115)
Stroke — in (mm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.87 (149)
Displacement — cu in (L). . . . . . . . . . . . . 567 (9.3)
Aspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Turbocharged

RE: It's about time
By Bad-Karma on 2/17/2013 3:07:09 PM , Rating: 2
Irrelevant, The engine is much larger in proportion than what you'll find in light duty trucks. The greater size of the block and bore is proportional to the duration of the stroke.

RE: It's about time
By Skywalker123 on 2/17/2013 5:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
Diesels have an incredibly short piston stroke which translate to huge torque numbers from the crank shaft.

This is your exact quote, the size of the diesel is IRRELEVANT give me ONE example of a short stroke diesel used in trucks of any kind. Also, i repeat, short strokes dont generate torque long strokes do.

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