With so many requests for information and access to more details about Ram Truck's new EcoDiesel engine, it's no wonder chief engineer Mike Cairns is trying to deliver as much information as possible with a new YouTube video. We're told this is likely to be the first in a series of more detailed videos to help deliver more technical information about the new engine to as many enthusiasts and diesel novices as possible.
Cairns starts by posing the question he says he's been getting for years (and we can vouch for that since we'd been asking him that question for a long time): "Why don't you put a diesel in a half-ton truck?" Oddly, he doesn't answer the question in this video but does say that the 2014 Ram 1500 will offer the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel option later this year as a 2014 model.
Of course, if he had answered the question, we would have heard, yet again, that Ram was skeptical about keeping the cost down and that customer interest has never been high. Apparently now that Chrysler has Jeep (Grand Cherokee) and Dodge (possibly the Durango) vehicles to spread the costs over, all that's changed.
The added cost of the EcoDiesel will be just less than $3,000 (which comes standard with the lighter-duty ZF eight-speed transmission) when compared to the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 option, which comes standard with the carryover Chrysler 65RFE transmission. Look for more information about EPA and real-world fuel economy numbers at a later date. All we know for now is that the aluminum-head 24-valve turbo-diesel will get highway mileage at or above 30 mpg.
Our favorite feature, beyond the strong pulling power right off idle? We love the fact that the new Ram EcoDiesel will be the first vehicle to offer a dedicated real-time exhaust fluid readout alongside all the other important gauges.