by David Zatz • Posted on August 12th, 2013
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.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...