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 |  Dec 09 2010, 3:06 AM

According to a well-known Mopar source, entries in Chrysler’s new car dealer ‘Star’ network show codes for impending diesel engine and hybrid-electric transmission options in Ram 1/2 ton pickups.

The diesel is rumored to be a Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbocharged engine, which despite having two more cylinders than the straight-six (shown) which powers Ram Heavy-Duty models, is designed for less extreme applications, making it an ideal fit for the 1/2 ton Ram.

Meanwhile the ‘hybrid’ refers to the AHS-T gearbox that was found in the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango Hybrids, which is listed, along with three other transmission options – a six-speed Getrag manual, plus the 42RE and 545RFE four and five-speed automatics.

However, there’s been no announcements of an impending diesel Ram and based on the fact that both Ford and GM have postponed their light-duty diesel trucks, the new rig may not actually materialize at all. Even if it does, it might take some time, along with steadily increasing fuel prices before Chrysler considers the diesel Ram and hybrid transmission a seriously feasible option (mid 2011 or early 2012 likely being the earliest date).

[Source: Allpar]

  • jack woods

    does gas have to go up to 5.00 10.00 before these greedy auto makers give us a diesel 1500 ram light duty?.

  • jp

    the only 2 problems with this are its a v (yuck) and diesel getting so expensive again that its going to turn buyers off

  • Ken Phillips

    I don’t understand their going to a V-8. Why not back down to the Cummins 4 cylinder. Less moving parts, strong and great mileage.

  • TD Fontenot

    Yes, an inline 4 banger would make a lot more sense.
    Would someone please get off there rear and make this happen, we are still waiting and have been for a long time.

  • Highgear

    Look at other countries, they all have lighter diesels, and get fantastic mileage and durable as all getout! Why cant we do that here? I said if toyota or one of the others made a smaller size truck with a durable diesel it would outsell everything, they have got to know this! And no matter the price of fuel it will beat the others mileage and power, its proven already. What they have to focus on is reliability and durability, everything else is already been done, make a mid size truck that gets great mileage and has great power, the strait six and the 4BT do that minus some vibration and noise. I wish they would get up off their hands, it would pay for itself with lots of loyal diesel fans!  

  • Chestateeridge

    Old News!!!

  • wtdash

    It’ll more likely be the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine from the Grand Cherokee. That EcoDiesel churns out 240 horsepower and 420lb.-ft. of torque, while returning 22/30 MPG (4×4 estimated 21/28) and 730 miles of driving range in the 2014 JeepGrand Cherokee.

  • Perry Bailey

    An inline 4 would only make sense in a compact pickup, or you would be killing it by working it to death. Nothing is a bigger disaster to any vehicle than to put some wimpy engine in it. You aren’t saving fuel if you’re having to keep your foot in it to get out of your own way.