The 2014 truck race is heating up – not only have Chevrolet, Jeep, and Ford released upcoming revisions, but now Dodge is putting the pressure on. Chrysler has announced that the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 will have an optional 3L V6 turbo-diesel in 2014. Dodge will be the first automaker to offer half-ton diesel in over 30 years.
Following the 3L V6 EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ram 1500 will push its best in class fuel economy with the new EcoDiesel. Manufactured by Italian engine maker VM Motori, the 2014 Ram 1500 diesel will be paired with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which has already been proven in the SRT8 line.
It’s hard to say what the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy will be, but it’s inevitable that it’ll surpass the 2013 gasoline 1500 which boasts 25mpg. The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel produces 240hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque, but that’s not to say that Dodge won’t tune the 3L to increase towing capacity on the 2014 Ram 1500.
It looks like Dodge is pushing the envelope for 2014, not only do they have the best in class towing with the 2013 HD 3500 dually, but it looks like the 1500 will keep its best in class MPG. And more than likely best in class torque and range.
What do you think, is this a game changer? And a second consecutive Truck of the Year award?
2014 RAM 1500 ECODIESEL
VEHICLE TYPE: 2/3-passenger 2WD full-size pickup
BASE PRICE: $40,850 (as tested: $41,945)
MOTOR TYPE: 24-valve EcoDiesel V-6
HORSEPOWER (net): 240 at 3600 rpm
TORQUE (lb.-ft.): 420 at 2000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic
OVERALL LENGTH: 204 in.
TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb): 39.5 ft.
TOWING CAPACITY: 9,200 lbs.
FUEL CAPACITY: 26 gal.
EPA MILEAGE RATING: 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway (estimated)
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