Vehicle Research

Chrysler to Offer New EcoDiesel V-6 Engine for 2014 Ram 1500

June 28, 2013

The 2014 Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.
The 2014 Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Chrysler announced it will offer a new 3.0L EcoDiesel engine for its 2014-MY Ram 1500 pickup truck. The automaker said this engine will be matched with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

You can view a photo gallery of the 2014 Ram 1500 here.

The new EcoDiesel is a turbocharged, 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft 24-valve V-6. It can produce 240 hp and 420 lb. ft. of torque. This engine is developed and manufactured by VM Motor and it features a diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction so it’s emissions-compliant in all 50 states. The automaker hasn’t yet announced fuel-economy figures for this new engine.

Other engine choices for MY-2014 include Chrysler's 3.6L Pentastar V-6 and a 5.7L HEMI V-8.

The new TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission has double the number of gears compared to the four-speed automatic that Chrysler offered previously. This transmission is also available with the 5.7L HEMI V-8 engine, according to the automaker.

For emissions control, the automaker added a variable displacement compressor, a pulse-width modulated blower; a humidity sensor; and updated air-conditioning refrigerant technology. Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a fuel-saving technology designed to reduce parasitic electrical load. It eliminates unnecessary load on the alternator and improves the durability of connected systems. The fuel delivery system and forward cooling fan benefit from PWM, and by itself it improves fuel-efficiency by 0.4 percent, according to Chrysler.

The variable displacement compressor (VDC) varies its pumping capacity to meet air-conditioning demands, lessening the load on the engine and reducing parasitic loss in order to improve fuel efficiency. The new humidity sensor (located behind the rear-view mirror) measures the potential for humidity to form on the windshield’s interior, enabling improved defogging, and the VDC and PWM to run at optimal speeds to reduce humidity. For 2014, the Ram 1500 has F1234yf refrigerant, which is designed to produce less emissions than previous refrigerant types.

For 2014, Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand also offers Blue Streak and Granite Crystal (in monotone or two-tone, depending on the model) as new color options for the Ram 1500 pickup.

MSRP for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,095 destination.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Recent Topics

City of Houston positions: Mechanic Helper $ 13.53 to $ 14.95 Hourly Mechanic 1 $ 15.68 to $ 17.33 Hourly Mechanic 2 $...

View Topic

How many different types of antifreeze do you stock? I’m curious to know what others are doing to deal with the numerous specifications...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1117 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Patsy Brownson is a fleet professional who retired from Cox Enterprises, Inc. in 2008.

Read more

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

Lifecycle Costs Analyzer

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.