2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Sets Fuel Economy Benchmark
Fuel economy numbers have finally been released for the 2014 Ram 1500, equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. The new pickup has achieved a best-ever 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined rating. For the 2014 model year, the Ram EcoDiesel and Pentastar are ranked first and second, respectively, for fuel economy numbers in the small pickup segment. Ram is the first automaker to offer a turbodiesel in the half-ton pickup segment, and while the fuel economy numbers are impressive, the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also delivers 420 lb-ft of torque. "We are immensely gratified by achieving these milestones. Not only do they confirm our position as an industry leader in powertrain development and truck design, they promise tremendous benefits for our customers," said Bob Lee, Chrysler Group's Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, in a recent statement. The new EcoDiesel engine features Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), along with high-pressure cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), variable swirl intake ports, and a variable-geometry turbocharger. These advanced technologies help to increase the fuel economy of the new model, but also comply with the strict emission regulations. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel starts at $24,200 before the $1,195 destination charge, and can be ordered starting on February 7. Customers can also order the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for just $2,580 more. Source: Chrysler
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