The engine, sourced from VM Motori, is similar to the diesel now found under the hood of the Maserati Ghibli; it is much lighter than the Cummins B-series in-line six-cylinder that powers heavy duty Ram pickups and medium duty chassis cabs, and should return better fuel economy. The Cummins engine is well-known for its durability and extended service intervals, but its 800 pound-feet of torque would be considered overkill by many buyers. The 3.0 V6 is rated at around 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque (ratings may vary by application; we do not yet have final figures), and will be coupled to the eight-speed automatic; it can provide more torque for towing than the V8 option, and should beat even the class-leading V6’s fuel economy (up to 18 city, 25 highway).
The current scheduled production date would mean that dealers would start getting Ram 1500 diesels in October; however, Chrysler’s schedules have been exceptionally delay-prone in recent years, and it’s possible that dealers won’t see the VM-equipped Rams in October, or even in 2013.
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