The diesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 pickup is now EPA-rated at 20 city/28 highway/23 combined mpg, as disclosed at the agency’s fueleconomy.gov Web site. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg combined city and highway. Its sister variant, the Ram 1500 HFE with a 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine, is EPA-rated at 18 city/25 highway/21 combined.
This means that the Ram pickup boasts of the two highest fuel economy ratings among full-sized pickups. Chrysler started building Ram 1500 EcoDiesels late January at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit, expecting to start rolling them out in March. The carmaker said it started taking orders from dealers on February 7, 2014.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 supplied by Fiat subsidiary VM Motori SpA, providing 240 hp of output and 420 pounds-feet of torque. It is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The exhaust of the 3.0-liter diesel V-6 is treated with urea to cut emissions of oxides of nitrogen that causes smog. The onboard urea tank must be refilled every 10,000 miles. Chrysler executives expressed confidence that there will be a strong demand for a diesel light-duty pickup, the first to be offered in North America since GM marketed them in the mid-1990s.
Ram brand chief Reid Bigland expects that the diesel versions of Ram 1500 will account for up to 30 percent sales. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a starting price of $30,465, including delivery.