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2014 Ram 1500: Diesel Option Hits Half-Ton Market

The 3.0-Liter DOHC EcoDiesel V-6

Text By , Photography by Courtesy of Chrysler

Information on the 2014 Ram 1500 light-duty full-size pickup is pouring in, and the more we see of it, the more of it we like! Considering that the 2013 Ram 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, Four Wheeler’s Off-Road Pickup Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas, it is not surprising that we’ll see more best-in-class and segment-firsts for the Ram brand in 2014.

Remember the conversations you’ve had with your friends for the past few years: “Someone should offer a half-ton diesel truck”? Well, the 2014 model year indeed marks the inception of the half-ton diesel (as you have undoubtedly heard); Ram is the only player with its 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel. Ram will be the only manufacturer in the light-duty class to offer diesel, gasoline, and flex-fuel engines for 2014. The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) will come standard in the EcoDiesel and the V-6 Pentastar.

New for 2014 are two innovative shades - Blue Streak and Granite Crystal – and a front park assist system, which is a first time offering on a full-size Ram pickup truck. The system utilizes four sensors on the front bumper to detect objects as far away as 47.2 inches. Fuel-efficiency refinements include pulse-width modulation (PWM), which reduces parasitic electrical load. A variable displacement air-conditioning compressor lessens engine load by automatically varying pumping capacity to meet air conditioning demands. The pulse-width modulated vent blower continually controls fan speeds for optimal performance in all driving scenarios. The humidity sensor, located behind the rearview mirror, continually measures the potential for the formation of windshield humidity. The 2014 Ram 1500 will feature the latest technology in air conditioning by carrying F1234yf refrigerant. Also new is a capless fuel filler system for re-filling convenience.

Finalized towing numbers for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which approach the larger displacement V-8 towing capabilities, were released on July 29, 2013. A 2WD, two-door, long bed Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 pounds. Although there is no direct competitor for the EcoDiesel Ram, fuel economy is expected to exceed the best-in-class 25 MPG of the 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will come in Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab; 2WD and 4WD. Regular Cabs are assembled at the Saltillo Truck Assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico; Quad and Crew Cabs at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan. Starting price for the 2014 Ram 1500 is $24,200 (plus $1,095 destination), with the EcoDiesel option adding $2,850 when compared to a similarly equipped Hemi Ram 1500.

3.0-Liter DOHC EcoDiesel V-6 developed and manufactured by VM Motori
Type and Description: 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 182 cu. in.
Valve System: Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves
Fuel Injection: Common-rail, 2000 bar, Solenoid Injectors
Construction: Cast-iron block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
Power (SAE net): 240 hp at 3,600 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 420 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
Emission Controls: Cooled EGR, Oxidation catalyst, Diesel particulate filer, SCR (selective catalytic reduction) with urea injection, emissions-compliant in all 50 states
Transmission: TorqueFlite automatic eight-speed with Electronic Range Select (adaptive electronic control, automatic or Electronic Range Select (ERS) manual control. Five clutch-pack design with only two open clutches in any gear. Torque converter lock with turbine torsional damper for low lock-up speeds in 1st through 8th gear)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy): TBA

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442 comments
Dustin Eastman
Dustin Eastman

ECO DIESEL???? GO HOME YOUR DRUNK. Tanner Weston

Matt Kramer Jr.
Matt Kramer Jr.

Instead of wasting the 5.0 cummins in a Nissan they should throw it in a half ton.

Meg Hauff
Meg Hauff

David Hauff must not have seen it yet. One of the guys he is working with has one and says don't. He has had every electronic problem you can imagine. Text him.

David Brenneman
David Brenneman

Dodge has always been far and away my least favorite truck but God bless em with this one I hope it's a big success! Long overdue!

Garrett Brooks
Garrett Brooks

How do these guys get big black smoke out of their trucks?

Gerardo Visoso
Gerardo Visoso

yeah but at 4500 its giving more hp and torque then another car at 6500

Eddie Pinon
Eddie Pinon

If it was made in america it would be too expensive for a lot of people who would prefer it to be made here. Just people being stupid cuz its made somewhere else. If ir really was made here. Then people would say .. why are they so expensive. They should be made more affordable. And that's my everything gets made somewhere else so. Ignorant MURICANS don't but USA vehicles cuz they would be too expensive

Mike Hagan
Mike Hagan

The 5.9 Cummins Is Way To Heavy For The 1500 Suspension.. Ram Has Done Its Homework Here, This Engine Has Been In Use In Europe For Many Years.. Another American/European Match Made In Heaven. I Also Love The Duramax, I Just Wish They Had Offered It In The Half Ton GMC.

Matthew Eppley
Matthew Eppley

I hope this engine is way more reliable than the cummins that would make my day and shut a lot of people up. Actually they'd all still bitch and make excuses why the cummins isn't as reliable haha!

Jonathan Zimmerman
Jonathan Zimmerman

Chevy power all the way baby I own six trucks all got 350000 miles plus

Austin Unruh
Austin Unruh

No cummins is a disappointment but I'll still gladly own one

Tony Payne
Tony Payne

I work for the company that builds the exhaust for those trucks we allso do the f150 and duramaxx

Mark Hritz
Mark Hritz

Tyler , its because the gentlemen at chrysler told them to do a cummings v8, chryslers said no so toyota offered him more money and now he works for them and the toyota tundra will be getting a v8 cummings.

Curtis Kent
Curtis Kent

Idesly is a 5.9 t we in turbo 2003 cummins no cats dual stacks n a water meth nitro shot that bitch will pull trains roaln coal but you should spoon itvin a ford causev king pin suspension and all four tires locked in phuc ya diablo

Joel Case Sr.
Joel Case Sr.

Would have like to seen the cummins in it.vm motori has been around a long time though and this is a proven engine not some brand new design

Andrew Sigo
Andrew Sigo

So dumb they take a stuipd little 3.7 ove the 5.0 Cummins just because it made 2 more mpg...... people want a durable truck and I dont think no fiat made motor will ever touch a Cummins in durability.....actually makes me want to buy a Nissan for a smaller truck now

Steve Jochems
Steve Jochems

I think it would have been better with the 5lt v8 cummins the Nissan is getting instead of the bread van v6

Daniel Pugh
Daniel Pugh

they have a 5.9 cumins in the 2500 and 3500 models from before 02 but i wouldn't fit in the little 1500 body and it's has to much power for a little truck like that

Richard Martin
Richard Martin

The problem is price...all these city boys wouldn't know what a truck was intended for they dress them all up an never use it as a truck but more like a oversized car.

Troy Iedema
Troy Iedema

talk bad all u want about diesels... i would drive one in a heart beat!!!! way faster than i would drive a new Ford Diesel.... can u say head gasket??? Nothing but scrap!!!

Matthew Mello
Matthew Mello

I love how all these kids doom it without even trying it. Why does everyone have to brag about having the biggest and most powerful truck. Must be because there is something short between the steering wheel and the gas pedal. I think it is just about perfect for a 1/2 ton. Can't wait to see it in person.

Preston Bingham
Preston Bingham

Tamie Cunningham here is the truck you have been wanting

Ron Bales
Ron Bales

Exactly. If you want economy by a danmed car.

Ron Bales
Ron Bales

Either way the Nissan is a better truck. Hell, anything beats a slodge!

Ron Bales
Ron Bales

EXACTLY! Chrysler/Fiat to be exact and Fiat wasn't worth a damn when they were here in the 70's.

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