MoparDrt caught two Ram diesels being tested around Michigan roads, with the EcoDiesel fender tags and “US Spec Diesel” labels over the filler caps. One is a high-end LongHorn edition; the other did not have trim markings.
Sources believe the VM diesel will be a roughly $2,000 – $3,000 option over the V6 engine; Ram officials have already said it will come with the eight-speed automatic and be capable of towing over 9,000 pounds with the appropriate tow packages. That’s considerably less than the Hemi, but more than enough for most buyers. No official fuel mileage figures have been released, though we believe highway mileage should come in at 26-28 mpg.
While diesel fuel remains pricier than gasoline, fuel mileage when towing is generally far higher with diesel engines, which tend to have high torque and relatively low horsepower; the Ram 1500 diesel is rated at 240 hp, 420 lb-ft, giving it less horsepower than the gasoline V6 but more torque than the Hemi V8.