EcoDiesel Engine Coming to the 2019 Ram 1500 Soon
Ram has been taking the half-ton pickup segment by storm since they introduced the all-new 2019 ram 1500, a feat that can largely be attributed to the fact that the new pickup is a handsome machine both inside and out. After initially grabbing the attention of truck buyers, the all-new 1500 has yet to deliver powertrain options as extensive as its predecessor – now known as the 1500 Classic. The old model has the option of a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine, but this very same engine is not available on the new Ram. Rumors have been circling for a while that a new engine would soon be offered under the hood of the all-new Ram, but so far the truck maker has not made any official announcements. The crew from Autoblog recently met up with Ram executives at the New York Auto Show, let’s see what information they were able to gather about Ram’s future.
Jim Morrison, head of Ram brand, while chatting with team Autoblog, did, in fact, confirm that the EcoDiesel engine option will make its way to the all-new Ram 1500. He did not offer an approximate date for its arrival, but experts believe the engine should be a powertrain option by the end of 2019. What’s interesting is that the EcoDiesel engine will not be the same as the old one, likely signifying that Ram is going to debut a redesigned version. Jeep is getting its own diesel powertrain in the all-new Gladiator sometime this year, so it’s only fitting that its sister brand delivers for its clientele as well. Experts are convinced that both the Gladiator and Ram 1500 diesel engines will be the same one. Nothing is known about the redesign as of yet, but insiders estimate that it’ll make 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
Additionally, Autoblog did ask Morrison whether Ram has plans to enter the midsize pickup segment that’s currently about to experience a revival with the arrival of the Jeep Gladiator and the upcoming Ford Ranger. Morrison responded that no midsize pickup is in the plans for the time being. The situation at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Ram and Jeep, is a bit more complicated because a midsize Ram pickup would directly intervene with the Jeep Gladiator. For the time being it’s safe to say that FCA will let the Gladiator shine on its own in the midsize segment, but if said segment picks up steam, it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing to see Ram stage a comeback – time will tell.
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