FCA Resumes Ram 1500 Diesel Production
After about a year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has resumed production of diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups trucks and that makes the truck community pretty happy because diesel trucks offer two things truck buyers crave: torque and fuel efficiency.
In the simplest of terms, diesel fuel burns more efficiently than gasoline, so diesel engines are typically more fuel efficient in comparison to gas engines. When equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine, a Ram 1500 averages 29 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. So in the long run, driver’s are looking at more savings and more bang for their buck.
Torque and Towing
In addition to the benefit of fuel efficiency, diesel engines produce more torque than gas engines of the same size, and torque is key to a truck’s towing capabilities. The 3.0L EcoDiesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, which is a lot more than the 265 lb-ft of torque produced by the larger Ford 3.3L engine. All of that torque produced by the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine makes the Ram 1500 a towing machine as it can haul 9,260 pounds, which is excellent for such a fuel efficient light duty truck.
According to Ram, about 20% of all Ram 1500 production was dedicated to the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, so we’re hoping to see them ramp production up now that they are back to it.
Stay tuned for more information. Interested in test driving a Ram 1500, visit University Dodge in Davie, FL or our website to see our available inventory.
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