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2014 RAM 1500 3.0L Diesel a $2850 Option with 420 lb-ft

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Ram is aiming straight for the heart of pickup truck buyers everywhere by bringing a new diesel engine to the 1500, which is officially rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, as the brand calls it, is also expected to deliver upwards of 28 mpg on the highway, besting the most efficient Ram, the V6-equipped 1500 HFE by 3 mpg. And if that isn’t enough to excite you, the EcoDiesel engine will only cost a $2850 premium over the HEMI V8 models.

Full pricing was not announced, but the brand did divulge the base price for the Ram will be climbing slightly to $25,295. A new front-park assist system has also been added to the truck.

Changes are in store for Ram’s heavy duty trucks as well, including the availability of a new 6.2-liter V8 and airbag suspension.

That big V8 churns out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and will represent the top of the line engine when it comes to gasoline-powered Rams. Of course, the Cummins turbo-diesel is still available on HD models in different versions, the most powerful of which makes 385 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.

Air suspension can now be had on both 2500 and 3500 models as well. On the 2500s, the airbags will fully replace the standard suspension’s coil springs, while in the 3500 the bags will work in tandem with the truck’s leaf-sprung suspension.

GALLERY: 2014 Ram 1500

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