RAM 1500 Diesel Could be in the Works

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RAM 1500 Diesel Could be in the Works
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In today’s pickup truck market, you can only get a diesel engine if you step past the half-tons and get into a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck, but that won’t be the case for long as RAM may be testing out a small diesel option for its 1500 pickup.

A photo of a Ram prototype was taken somewhere in the Detroit area, and in it you can see a large black stain on the bumper right behind the exhaust. This is a tell-tale sign that the engine is a diesel, as the black stain is caused by certain particulates released by diesel burning engines.

With the announcement of a Grand-Cherokee diesel for 2013, the move to mount the 1500 with the same diesel engine would be easy, as the research and development has already been done. The real road-block in the situation has to do with customer perception, and whether or not a 1500 diesel would sell. As diesel engines have long been associated with large trucks, there may still be too much of a stigma to make the jump to the 1500 smoothly.

When asked about a diesel 1500, a Chrysler spokesman responded, “[We are] looking at putting a diesel in a light-duty pickup.”

[Source: Automotive News]

  • Bubba

    Finally a Half-Ton Diesel! It’s about time. 

  • OleTomCat

    Is it going to be a Cummins Diesel, what did they put in the Grand Cherokee?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Matarrese/100002009559634 Scott Matarrese

    It is a update to the deisel used in Europe and Canada for years in the Cherokee. 237 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. 

    “built by VM Motori in Italy based on specifications from Fiat Powertrain Technologies – get 19-percent greater fuel efficiency than the previous mill, it produces 20-percent less CO2 emissions. Towing capacity is quoted at just over 7,700 pounds, the maximum for any current Grand Cherokee trim”

    This means a better hauler and puller than the 5.9 Magnum or the Hemi.

  • Bobby Waldon

    Yup, finally they might release a diesel half ton, but now they are gonna go and screw it up by putting in something other than the cummins they developed years ago. I would buy one day one if it was a cummins, but this VM Morori engine will see me hold off until I see if there are any issues with them.

    10:1 says chrysler wusses out to all the nancy boys out there and only offers this in a slush box too.

    Chrysler, give me a freaking half ton with a cummins and a 6 speed manual with a manual shift transfer case, and I have cash for you. 

  • Bmc90000

    I’m just wanting a truck with diesel, my ford 1/2 ton eats gas. I don’t tow anything, I just perfer trucks