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Bruce Smith February 14, 2013

2014 Ram 1500 Diesel Opens A New Era 

The 1/2-ton diesels have arrived. After the Big Three ditched their plans for light-duty pickup diesels arriving in 2009, Ram has officially announced the availability of a 3.0L V-6 diesel for the 2014 Ram 1500.

Sales could begin as soon as July.

This will be the first 2000-era half-ton truck to receive a diesel engine.

All of the Big Three had plans to offer 1/2-ton diesels in 2009, but the economic down-turn shelved those plans.

With Ram opening the door, expect Ford and GM to be close on their heels with their own light-duty pickup diesel engines. 

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel, the same engine the Ram gets, is a 240hp Fiat VM Motori with 420 ft-lb of torque.

It’s said to be rated at 21mpg city, 30 mpg highway for the rear-wheel drive version.

The 2014 Ram 1500 should get similar fuel economy, which bodes well for contractors nationwide. 

Here’s today’s Ram press release:

Beginning in third-quarter 2013, Ram will become the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

The powertrain is expected to deliver an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class torque and impressive capability.

“Truck owners have been emphatically asking for it, and Ram will be the only manufacturer to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC.

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