The Chrysler Group’s 2014 Ram line is poised to be the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks, with the Ram 1500 offering a best-in-class fuel economy via the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, which packs 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, excluding the $1,095 destination fee. The V-6 EcoDiesel is priced $2,850 more than a similarly priced 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque (305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. torque) and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 engine 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT), according to Chrysler. The HEMI produces 395 horsepower, 410 lb.-ft. of torque on a Ram 1500.
The new EcoDiesel – developed and manufactured by VM Motor (a Chrysler supplier since 1992) – is one of the most advanced diesel engines on the market, Chrysler touted. Equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction, it will be emissions-compliant in all 50 states.
The Ram 1500 features a front park assist system and features such as variable displacement compressor; pulse-width modulated blower, humidity sensor, and the latest technology in air conditioning refrigerant. Connectivity comes through Uconnect Access, which sports an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. A five-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, is part of the deal.
The 2014 Ram 1500 full-size pickup will arrive at dealership in the fourth quarter.
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