While at the State Fair of Texas, we thought we'd record a few of our thoughts about our recent time behind the wheel of the new EcoDiesel-equipped 2014 Ram 1500. This is the first light-duty diesel in a half-ton in a very long time and something we've been hoping to see for almost a decade.
It's worth mentioning that the EcoDiesel will have a maximum tow rating of 9,200 pounds, will come standard with 3.55:1 gears (3.92:1 gears will be optional) and will have the same payload ratings as a similarly equipped half-ton Ram with the 5.7-liter Hemi. Because of packaging, the EcoDiesel will weigh a touch more than a Hemi-equipped Ram 1500 and will have a $2,800 premium. We'll have more on the quality of the package when we get our hands on one to do some more serious testing. Enjoy the video.
(Editor's note: Some of the content above regarding axle ratios and availability have been changed to more accurately represent the gearing choices.)