2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Unveiled: 240 HP, Higher Fuel Economy

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

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Chrysler-Fiat took the wraps off its long-anticipated 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty pickup truck to be offered with a diesel engine in many years.

The new diesel pickup uses the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 already fitted to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel utility vehicle.

In the pickup truck, it's rated at 240 horsepower and a substantial 420 pound-feet of torque.

The turbodiesel V-6 powers the truck through a new eight-speed automatic transmission, also fitted to most other Ram 1500 models (including the base 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and optional 395-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gasoline engines).

Other fuel-saving elements of the Ram 1500 line include active grille shutters, engine stop-start technology, and aerodynamic panels underneath the truck that give it what Chrysler says is the lowest coefficient of drag among all full-size pickup trucks.

The new diesel Ram pickup will have what Chrysler terms "best-in-class fuel economy," but final EPA ratings have not yet been released.

The price of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is $2,850 higher than a comparably equipped Ram 1500 fitted with the Hemi V-8 gasoline engine.

Chrysler says that the truck will pay back the increased cost in three years or less.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will arrive at Ram truck dealers this fall.


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Comments (16)
  1. I don't quite understand why for so many years, the US has refused to produce any diesel cars/trucks and now all of a sudden it is the green way to go. Diesels are loosing their appeal in Europe and the US should focus on other alternative energies.

  2. Diesels are not losing their appeal in Europe and there are no other technologies available that gives the increased fuel efficiencies and torque that diesel does. It is about time the US makers woke up!

  3. Perhaps you have not heard about the torque power of EVs.

  4. Try hooking your EV up to a trailer!

  5. as much as i'd love an EV truck, the technology does not exist today for towing heavy loads long distances. The only available hybrid trucks (GM) have a max tow capacity of 6000 lbs because anything more would heat up and strain the batteries. today's solution is definitely efficient diesel engines and I commend ram for finally getting the ball rolling on 1/2 ton trucks. tomorrows solution will hopefully be EV's. we'll let tesla figure that one out.

  6. US EPA diesel emissions were always stricter than past European ones and trust me - that's a good thing. But recent European emissions restrictions are so tough that over the past 10 years things have improved to the point that London and Paris have the cleanest air in 500-700 years. Many European engines now surpass California emissions standards which is why we're finally seeing them in vehicles over here.

  7. hats of to john voelcker for writing these truck stories lately. keep em coming!

  8. They want me to Pay an additional price for a diesel about the price of a top of Line Hemi Engine.......NEVER IN MY LIFE! I will never recover the additional monies.

    What about the terrible dependable and reliability records of Chrysler products? Look at the latest JD Power survey, for starters.
    Now, they are coming out with new engines and tranny; what kind of dependability do they have in the first few years?
    Want to chance those products?

    Rotary Knob in lieu of a lever to change gears....Not for me.

    I will look at other auto makers for my autos.

  9. Look at the torque rating for the current Hemi vs. the V6 diesel. The Hemi's maximum torque is available at 3950 RPM. Diesel truck engines get their maximum torque at about 1500 RPM. More torque and better gas mileage with the diesel...hard to beat.

  10. Real Cowboys will get the Hemi. Smart Pricing. NOT.

  11. Diesel vehicles cost more. Diesel fuel costs more. On top of that most in the U.S. also require urea. So any additional miles per gallon are offset by the higher costs. Not worth the trouble.

  12. But diesel maintenace is less and long term life is much better....diesels in this vehicle category are the way to go. However, I wouldn't touch the first year or even second year of this diesel truck...bugs should be out by the third year.

    The price is freaking way to high but it makes sense...because the can! No one else sells a light duty diesel pickup in the USA so they are charging a crap load of dough for it....especially with the likely near 30mpg hwy this thing is going to get. I don't like that high, likely 30k price but there it is. Now hopefully the other truck builders will soon place v6 diesels in their trucks as well.

  13. Diesel costs about 10% more, but should return 25-30% more mpg so it should more than balance out in the long run.

  14. We have had a diesel car since 2005 and love it!
    To finally be able to have a diesel in a 1500 sieries lite duty truck would be great! This will still be cheaper than having to buy a 2500 sieries vehicle, just to get reasonable fuel economy and torque!
    People seem to forget that diesels produce their maximum torque (the power that actually gets you moving!) in the lower part of the RPM range where you drive every day!
    Everybody else in the world learned this a long time ago and if you look at the webpages of auto manufacturers in Europe, Asia, Africa or Australia,(in a language that you understand) you will see what I have learned!

  15. We've been waiting for something like this for a long time. A 6cyl turbo diesel in a 1/2ton pickup is god send. Better FE, better towing and less weight. Sounds good to me! It's pretty cool from a racing standpoint if you are into that. ;)

  16. I love my '07 Ram 1500 Hemi Quad Cab, been planning to keep it forever since it's been flawless so far and it has the lifetime drivetrain warranty. But if the street price of a new 1500 Diesel is only $3K more than the street price of a new 1500 Hemi (usually discounted more than $10K below MSRP), I will be trading in my trusty old Hemi for that Diesel.

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