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.
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]