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.

Making a mark as Ram Truck’s latest offering in the full-size light-duty pickup truck segment, the new 2013 Ram 1500 is the brand’s first iteration of the truck since the Ram nameplate was introduced in 2011.

The new Ram 1500 was supposedly just a mild refresh, but as it turned out, it became an entirely new truck that leads its class in terms of fuel economy and capability, according to Fred Diaz, president and chief executive of the Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico at Chrysler Group LLC. He added that the new Ram 1500 is loaded with technology and features not offered anywhere else.

Underpinned by a new full-size, body-on-frame truck architecture, the new Ram 1500 is created to appeal to the "Guts and Glory" mindset of its fans and enthusiasts, and to potential buyers as well. Both in terms of form and function, the new Ram 1500 is designed and engineered to convey a whole new level of boldness, confidence and capability both in the areas of aesthetics and performance.

As designed, the new Ram 1500 personifies the evolution of the light-duty full-size pickup truck segment from boasting of injecting brute capability and acceptable efficiency into a group of vehicles that harmoniously combines considerable size, capability, quality, refinement technology and efficiency.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the new 2013 Ram 1500 should lead its class. More than that, the new 2013 Ram 1500 offers more available technologies -- functional and interactive – than its rivals. In fact, Ram made it so that the new Ram 1500 offers a capability that is better or at par with its class rivals.

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