RAM 1500 Diesel Production to Begin in September

RAM 1500 Diesel Production to Begin in September

Originally revealed in February, RAM has announced that production on the RAM 1500 Diesel will begin September 2013.

The diesel powerplant is sourced from VM Motori and is much lighter than the Cummins six-cylinder currently found in heavy-duty RAM pickups. The 3.0-liter V6 diesel powerplant will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and should be rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The American automaker hasn’t announced final specifications yet.

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The diesel RAM 1500 is also expected to offer best-in-class fuel economy, which means it’ll be at least 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. If production does get under way in September, dealerships should expect the RAM 1500 Diesel in October.

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  • George

    The V6 3.0 diesel is the ideal engine for an 1/2 truck. It will probably be rated at more then 10.500 lbs, has good power, great torque at low rpm with ~30 mpg economy.

    Hopefully VW brings the Amarok to Canada too, since there is no chicken tax. It still tows 3.200 kg with 8 speed auto transmission, 2.800 kg with the 6 speed manual, the payload is 1.000 kg, fits in a garage and the I4 2.0 diesel should get around 35 mpg.

  • Andrew

    Stating that they are the first in half ton diesel pick-ups – NOT true. GM had half ton pick-ups with diesels in them starting in around 1980 until the late 90’s.