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Ram 1500: upgrades for 2014

by David Zatz on

The big news for 2014 Rams is Ram 1500’s long-awaited diesel version; when the company was still part of Daimler, a Cummins V6 or V8 was to make its way under the hood, but the “EcoDiesel” engine is a VM diesel with best in class torque. The 4.7 liter, as Allpar suggested with the 2013s were launched, is not coming back; pickups which would normally come with the 4.7 are bumped up to the Hemi, pushing out 395 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque.

Buyers with convenience in mind may be surprised to see a class-exclusive front parking assist system in the options lists.

Ram SLT buyers will get a standard UConnect 5.0; this system appears to be a Fiat-Microsoft design with all the usual apps, eight “hard buttons,” and two knobs. Laramie Limited returns, taking luxury a step further; it comes with standard Hemi, eight-speed automatic, air suspension, 20-inch wheels, black leather seats, glossy black accents, keyless entry, and wheel to wheel side steps. The diesel is optional on this one.

The V6/eight speed is standard on Outdoorsman, SLT, and HFE; optional on SXT, Tradesman, and ST. Hemi (390 hp) is standard on SXT, Express, Tradesman, and ST, possibly the first time a V8 is on base trucks while a V6 is on premium models. The Hemi eight-speed (395 hp) is standard on Sport, Laramie, Longhorn, and Big Horn, optional on all others except SXT and ST. Finally, the diesel is optional on Laramie Limited, Longhorn, Laramie, Big Horn, Outdoorsman, SLT, and Tradesman.

As Allpar predicted, Ram will be selling both ProMaster and ProMaster City next year; ProMaster is a customized version of the Fiat Ducato, which dominates its class in Europe and is popular among RV builders, altered for Americans with Chrysler powertrains and heavier-duty suspensions and chassis, not to mention UConnect. ProMaster City, which goes head to head with Ford Transit Connect, is essentially the Fiat Doblo, made by the same Turkish plant and imported with, we would assume, as few changes as they could get away with.

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