By Patrick Rall
The Chrysler Group has just announced the tow ratings for the 2014 Ram 1500 equipped with the new EcoDiesel 3.0L V6 allowing owners to tow 9,200 pounds – just 1,250 pounds less than the 5.7L Hemi V8. This impressive towing capacity for a small 6-cylinder engine in a half ton pickup comes thanks to the hefty 420lb-ft of torque offered by the new EcoDiesel so while it is no Cummins –Ram 1500 owners will most certainly engine the massive amounts of torque that has been reserved for Ram HD owners in the past. More importantly, the EcoDiesel V6 will likely offer far better fuel economy than the mighty Hemi both when towing and when completely unladen.
The EPA hasn’t announced the official fuel economy numbers for the new 2014 EcoDiesel Ram but the Chrysler Group has promised somewhere in the area of 25 miles per gallon on the highway (when not towing – of course). When you compare that to the highway fuel economy figures of the Ram 1500 with the Hemi V8, it presents a massive improvement over the 19mpg offered by the 4×4 Ram or the 20mpg that rear wheel drive Ram owners enjoy. The same engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 22 city and 30 highway with rear drive models while the 4×4 Jeeps with the 3.0L diesel offer 21 city and 28 highway. The Ram 1500 is quite a bit heavier than the Jeep so we shouldn’t expect identical numbers but when you consider the fact that the Grand Cherokee with four wheel drive offers 13mpg in the city and 19 on the highway – identical city numbers to the Ram and just 1mpg less on the highway – the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel could surpass the promised figure of 25mpg.
We should get the official EPA fuel economy ratings sometime over the next few months as the Chrysler Group planned for the diesel half ton Rams to hit sometime before the end of the 2013 calendar year. In the meantime, we will have to live with the fact that the new 3.0L V6 diesel Ram offers 240 horsepower, 420lb-ft of torque and 9,200 pounds of towing capacity with at least 25mpg.