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Ram boosted to 29 mpg

by David Zatz on

If 28 miles per gallon (mpg) from a full size pickup was not enough, Ram has the answer: 29 mpg.

This number, which beats the highway fuel economy of many sedans, comes courtesy of work on aerodynamics, parasitic losses, an eight speed automatic, and a VM diesel imported from Italy. (Chrysler’s relationship with VM extends back to before the company was acquired before Daimler, but it only used VM diesels outside of North America.)

The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will deliver the highest fuel economy of any full size truck, as the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel did. The city mileage is 21, and combined mileage is 24 — also beating all pickups.

“Fuel efficiency is at the top of truck buyers’ priorities, and Ram is the recognized benchmark for the industry,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand. “Twenty-nine miles per gallon cuts through the clutter. Ram invested in powertrain technologies and those are paying real dividends in the wallets of our customers.”

The fuel economy king, to go on sale late in this quarter, has a unique trim package on the Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab four-door body, with a 6-ft. 4-in. bed and 20-inch wheels. The Ram EcoDiesel also is available with a body-colored fascia from the Ram Express model, not available on other diesel Ram 1500s. Wheel-to-wheel side steps and a tri-fold tonneau cover offer add functionality and help to create best-in-class aerodynamics.

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