Ram V-6 EcoDiesel towing numbers on par with V-8

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Competitor’s 1/2-ton gas engines no match for Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in fuel economy.
Competitor’s 1/2-ton gas engines no match for Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in fuel economy.

Ram says it has finalized towing numbers for its Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, putting the new engine on par with larger V-8 power plants. 

In a 2WD, two-door, long bed configuration, Ram says the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 pounds, approaching much larger displacement V-8 towing capability with its 3.0-liter V-6 and fuel efficiency of better than 25 MPG on the highway.

By comparison, Ram says the conventionally fueled 305 horsepower V-6 in the 2014 Ram 1500 received best-in-class towing honors with a 7,450 pound capacity. 

To reach the best-in-class number, Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive 8-speed TorqueFlite 8 for a higher capacity rating.

“There was more towing capacity in the V-6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades,” said Mike Cairns – Chief Engineer, Ram Truck. “Now that we’re building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. “