Chrysler adds diesel engine to light-duty Ram

| Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Chrysler is adding a diesel engine to its lineup of light-duty Ram pickups. The company is promising the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup in the nation.

Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram brand, said Friday the 3-liter, 6-cylinder diesel Ram 1500 would get better mileage than the 25 mpg that the current gas-powered V-6 gets on the highway. The company will release exact mileage figures at a later date. The 6-cylinder Ram is tops in the industry for highway mileage.

Chrysler said the new turbocharged diesel makes 240 horsepower and has 420 foot-pounds of torque, giving people the power of a gas-powered V-8 and the fuel economy of a smaller gas engine. Chrysler said the 2014 Ram will be the only light-duty diesel pickup on the market.

It's the same diesel engine sold in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, which gets 30 mpg on the highway. But Hegbloom said the heavier pickup won't get 30 mpg.

The diesel will cost $2,850 more than a Ram with Chrysler's Hemi V-8 engine and 8-speed transmission. Hegbloom said the diesel will pay for itself in gas savings in less than three years for the typical owner.

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