It’s not a secret that sales of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel are quite impressive, in fact the manufacturer hardly keeps up with the demand. As a result, Chrysler announced today that it will increase production of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by 10 percent and the total numbers will account for 20 percent of the annual production volume.
With this move, Chrysler aims to win customers from Ford and General Motors. If you still, don’t know, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel uses a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine that generates 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Bolted to an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the engine returns an impressive 28 mpg on the highway, a fuel economy comparable to compact crossovers.
The engine is not only fuel-efficient but also powerful as it shows up to 9,200 pounds of towing capability. For those who don’t like diesel engine and prefer the traditional petrol powerplants, Ram offers the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
Using the same 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission the V6 petrol engine returns a fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway. The most powerful engine remains the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine fitted with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT that produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
“Innovation sometimes comes with risk, but being first to market with a diesel engine for the half-ton segment has shown to be a great decision for the Ram Brand,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a game-changer in the industry, and has proved to be a key to conquest sales over our competitors.”