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New diesel Ram spotted

by David Zatz on

Alert Allpar reader “Blacklisterd” spotted this Ram heavy duty pickup speeding down the Michigan highway, with a clear “Diesel Fuel Only” sticker above the gas cap and just enough camouflage to make it clear that yes, drivers should pay attention to this truck. He said the tailpipe was smaller than the one used with the big Cummins diesels; the tail-lights appear to be the new LED design.

It is possible that Ram is considering a Ram 2500 with a smaller diesel for higher gas mileage, while still pumping out good enough torque for most buyers. The Cummins engine exacts a large price tag, and while long-term most buyers believe it pays for itself, a lower-priced diesel might help Ram sales. One option would be the VM 3.0 liter diesel.

A diesel-powered Ram 1500 has been rumored for some years, and Dodge reportedly had one running and ready for production even before Chrysler was handed to Fiat, on the condition they be a better parent than Daimler or Cerberus. That one, though, was a joint effort with Cummins, using a V-6 or V-8 diesel with power ratings more in keeping with the Ram 1500 than the 3500 (the current Cummins-Ram 3500 puts down a maximum 850 lb-ft of torque). Most observers believe that the Ram 1500 Diesel will use VM’s 3.0 liter V6 engine, partly because it is produced by a fellow Fiat company, and largely because it’s what Jeep will be using in the Grand Cherokee. Chrysler already uses that engine in vehicles sold in Europe, and has a relationship with VM that goes back to their time as an independent corporation.

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