We asked, and the manufacturers are FINALLY delivering! For years, the general population has been asking for the expansion of efficient, light duty diesels in the car and half ton pickup market. Several manufacturers, such as Volkswagen have ruled the market in the diesel car segment, leaving most of the others, including US built, with nothing to offer. On top of this, there has never been a half ton or lighter truck in the U.S. featuring a diesel. These scenarios are unfortunate, because if you travel to most other countries, light duty diesels are prolific in many applications. Most would blame the absence of these vehicles in the U.S. due to stringent and ever-changing emissions regulations that would force the manufacturers to redesign the powertrain every several years on a line that may or may not be a top seller.
In 2013, a handful of automobile manufacturers have stepped out on a limb and are making the plunge into the light duty diesel market (FINALLY)! The biggest news is that of the Ram 1500 lineup to be featuring a 3.0 liter turbo diesel V-6 built by Italy’s VM Motori, the same diesel supplier to Chrysler since 1992. For those abreast to new and upcoming offerings, this engine may sound familiar, because it is the diesel engine slated to be offered in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, starting in May of 2013. Big wigs aren’t releasing any numbers just yet for the Ram 1500 application, but if it’s anything like what’s been released for the Jeep, horsepower is to be rated at 240 horsepower and 420 foot pounds of torque. The news of this could likely change the buying habits of many three-quarter and one ton owners that merely buy the truck for the diesel, but really don’t need the hauling capacity, and wouldn’t mind the smoother ride characteristic of a half ton.
Thank you Chrysler for finally listening to your customers! For more information on the upcoming model you can read this article from USA today. Or Spy Photos of the Mopar test truck on Diesel Power Magazines Blog