In our last road test of the 2013 Ram 1500, we focused on the new Pentastar V6 engine. For 2014, Ram goes one better by offering the first ever small-displacement diesel engine for its light-duty pickup. The EcoDiesel 3.0-liter turbocharged 60-degree V6 engine features an impressive 240 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
This new engine, developed by VM Motor, one of Chrysler’s long-time suppliers, is extremely advanced, with a diesel oxidation catalyst, particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction, making it 50-state emissions compliant. The Ram team said that it should produce fuel economy numbers better than 25 mpg, which would make it extremely attractive to those who love diesels and need both the power as well as great fuel economy in a 1500-series pickup.
There’s more to the upcoming Ram 1500, which will be available in the last quarter of this year. For example, it will continue to offer the best-in-class Pentastar V6 gas engine, with 305 horses and 269 lb-ft of torque, as well as an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.
Other news for the Ram light duty includes an available front park assist system, two new exterior colors, and a capless fuel filler system for quick refueling.
Want more news? The HD Rams will feature an all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with best-in-class numbers of 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. The new gas engine features an active dual-runner length intake manifold for great low-end torque. It’s mated to the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission.
The Heavy-Duty Ram 2500 has made the switch to a five-link coil rear suspension, just like the one in the 1500, for exception ride and handling, while still being able to tow almost 18,000 pounds. In addition, the 2500 Ram will feature a segment-exclusive rear air-suspension system with automatic load leveling. This should greatly aid handling during any load shift.
The 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $25,295 with destination, while the 2500 bases at $30,695 including destination.
So many impressive updates for 2014 shows that Ram continues to impress with its desire to grab even more market share than it has, which is saying a lot. Since 2009, Ram’s share of the pickup truck market has increased nine percent, a huge number when you consider the almost unbelievable level of owner loyalty in this area. We can’t wait to drive these beasts and give a full report soon.