The battle in six-cylinder pickups takes an interesting twist

Article by Anita Panait, on July 1, 2013

As the demand for pickup trucks in the United States continue to soar, Ford and Chrysler are also readying two new products that are both powered by six-cylinder engines -- the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor and the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. While both trucks are powered by turbocharged V6 engines, they are taking different methods to reach different segments of the full-size pickup market.  Chrysler aims to take some spotlight away from GM’s new truck offerings with its new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is considered as the industry's first light-duty diesel-powered pickup.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel from Italian engine maker VM Motori, a supplier to Chrysler and an affiliate of parent Fiat SpA. The V6 diesel is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission to provide up to 240hp and 420lbs/ft of torque.  According to Chrysler, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will return better than 25 miles per gallon in highway driving.

Ford is also aiming to make a scene with its 2014 F-150 Tremor, a short-wheelbase version of the regular-cab F-150. The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine -- a turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline V6 rated that provides up to 365hp and 420 lbs/ft. The pickup features a special "performance" axle that helps it accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.

It boasts of an EPA-rated of 22 miles per gallon in highway driving. The 2014 Ram 1500 with a standard 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine will have a starting price of $25,295, while the "EcoDiesel" option will have a base price that is $2,850 more than standard version. Ford disclosed that the Tremor would cost more than the standard F-150 V6 model. The new Ford and Ram entries will be introduced in the US at the same time General Motors Co's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are being rolled to dealers in the country.

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