2014 Ram 1500 updates include new EcoDiesel engine option
The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup is set to bolster its current claim to class fuel economy leadership by becoming the first of its competitive set to offer a new and even more efficient turbodiesel option. Crafted by VM Motori, the 3.0-liter force-fed EcoDiesel V6 is the same unit available in the Grand Cherokee. Here, too, it produces 240 horsepower and best-in-class peak torque of 410 lb-ft -- that's three more twist units than the Hemi -- and relies on a diesel oxidation catalyst, particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction to meet emissions requirements in all 50 states. Like the carryover 305-horsepower/3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 395-horse/5.7-liter Hemi V8, this new EcoDiesel is backed by an 8-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission that also replaces the current 6-speed autoshifter on the Hemi. In addition to class-best V6 torque, Ram says a 1500 fitted with the EcoDiesel will deliver top marks in the mpg category, as well -- although it has yet to issue final EPA numbers.
While the major news for the 2014 Ram 1500 is found underhood, the hot-selling half-ton pickup also will benefit from several across-the-board expansions to its standard features and options. Additional efficiency boosters include a variable-displacement compressor for the air conditioner along with pulse-width modulation for the blower that further reduces parasitic losses combined with a new humidity sensor and the latest, "greenest" F1234yf A/C refrigerant. The 2014 Ram 1500 also will come with a new cap-less fuel filler and offer its first-ever front park assist system.
Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 will start at $25,295 when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Stepping up to the EcoDiesel option will cost $2,850 more than a comparable Ram 1500 fitted with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and Ram execs claim that its greater fuel frugality will fully offset that premium within three years of normal use.
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