Video: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Impressions

EcoDiesel Label II

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.)

 

 

Comments

All Chrysler vehicles are sold at the same dealers.

Way back in the day Dodge was it's own company, before it was bought by Chrysler, so I guess that Dodge is not really a Chrysler using the same logic that you use.

Dodge doesn't use the Ram logo since Ram became a brand.

$2800 is misleading. If the diesel is an option on a loaded $50,000 Laramie but not on a $25,000 Express, then what's the point of having a diesel option.

Charlie makes a great point.

Highly doubtful they will make this engine an option on one of the lower trim levels.
Then again, people that buy $50k pickups usually want a big macho engine and don't care about mpg. Especially with "ECO" in the name.

You can get it in a tradesmen but not for 25k

http://www.ramtrucks.com/hostc/bmo/CUT201413/models.do?

MaXx, then how do you explain Ford's tremendous sales of the Eco Boost if they don't want anything eco. Its a great way to win the wife over if you want a truck, tell her its and eco model and she will let you buy it.

@WXman - I doubt that someone looking at this engine is going to cross shop base model V6's.
Cross-shoppers will compare it to the 5.7 Hemi, the 5.0 and 3.5 EB Ford, and the Chevy 5.3.

The "you'll never get your money back crowd" are most likely Ford or GMC fans looking for a reason to slag Ram.

If anyone is looking just at cost as a primary purchase parameter, all of the car companies make V6 reg cab pickups.

If it gets real world 21mpg city and 28 highway, it will sell well.
I'd consider one if my commute to work was longer but as it stands, I'd get lousy mpg due to regen cycles on an "always cold" diesel.

I'd like to see this engine in the Power Wagon.

All I can say I think Fiat is silly if they don't offer the Ram in a base model work truck with a six speed manual shifter.

Good news folks. I found a link showing the Ram diesel will be available on the Tradesman, SLT, Outdoorsman, BigHorn, Laramie, and Laramie Longhorn.

Just wanted to point out something I learned from the breaking news and rumors forum on AllPar today. The Ram diesel is only available with the smaller fuel tank. So for those who were saying the additional driving range was the reason for purchase, may not be getting what they were hoping for.



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