Ram features under 1500’s hood a frugal 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 image

Ram Truck brand president and CEO Reid Bigland told the media at the Texas State Fair its brand new 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck will arrive with an estimated fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon combined.

So far, the 2014 Ram 1500 not only is the first light-duty, full-size pickup to offer durable, efficient diesel technology – it is the only one so far. And if the fuel economy is indeed that good (official EPA estimates are not yet released), other competitors will soon join the diesel light-truck race.

“Light-duty pickup owners have long clamored for diesel technology and the time to deliver is now,” said Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering — Chrysler Group LLC. “Clean, efficient, prodigious torque and the promise of durability are the hallmarks of a superior truck engine. The EcoDiesel makes good on all counts.”

The new 3.0-liter 24-valve, dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) EcoDiesel is a turbocharged 60-degrees V6. It generates 240 hp at 3,600 rpm and makes torque like a V8 – 420 lb.-ft. (570 Nm) at 2,000 rpm – it’s the usual diesel that European models of the Chrysler brand use. The diesel 2014 model is expected to tow up to of 9,200 pounds (4,200 kg) and can be had had as an option for an extra $2,850.