Chrysler Plans Diesel Option for Ram Pickups
Chrysler Group LLC says it will offer a V-6 diesel engine this autumn as an option in half-ton versions of its 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck.
The 3.0-liter engine, dubbed EcoDiesel, will be supplied by Italy’s VM Motori SpA, a 50:50 venture between General Motors and Fiat that has supplied diesels to Chrysler for 21 years.
The diesel will be paired with Chrysler’s new 8-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler will offer the same powertrain in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, where it will be rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The company has not indicated whether the Ram version of the engine will have the same output.
The diesel will join two gasoline engine options: a 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
The half-ton diesel pickup will be Chrysler’s first since it dropped that combination in 1978 (it also offers a diesel option in heavy-duty versions of the Ram pickup). The company says it will be the only truckmaker in the U.S. to offer a half-ton diesel pickup.
Direct injection is the technology of the near future for both gasoline and diesel engines, say Bosch engineers. It will keep the internal combustion engine clean, powerful, and efficient during a period when hydrogen power is more dream than reality.
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