It was the worst-kept secret, but still something fans demanded. The 2014 model of the Ram 1500 will now be offered with a diesel engine!
The diesel engine that will be offered is the same that will be in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. It’s rated at 240 HP and has 420 lb-ft of torque. According to Auto Evolution, the towing capabilities are comparable to the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 Ram and has improved fuel efficiency. The complete figures have not been fully revealed yet.
The pricing, however, has been shown. The EcoDiesel V6 will run an additional $2,850 to the 1500. The starting price of the 2014 Ram 1500 is $24,200.
For buyers not wanting diesel, the 1500 will still be available with the Pentastar V6 and 5.7 Hemi V8. All of the available engines will have eight-speed automatic transmission.
Trucks have an odd dual life attached to them. Sure everyone likes to drive a car that looks good, but trucks need to be able to do their duty as a heavy duty mover. That’s what commercial vehicles are all about, trading in the frill and good looks for providing the highest quality performance. With the 2013 Ram 1500 being such a success with fans and critics, Ram is setting their sights on providing competition to Ford and General Motors with commercial vehicles.
Currently, both Ford and General Motors dominate in this field. They have almost 90 percent of the market with Ram picking up the rest. The economy is improving and companies are looking at their fleets in need of updating.
Ram is introducing a new commercial truck, a downsized cargo van based off the Fiat Doblo, later next year.
It’s clear for truck sellers that this will be a major market over the course of the next few years. Truck builders are certainly concentrating on providing solid competition amongst themselves. When that happens, the consumer wins.
Opening this weekend is the hotly anticipated summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Expectations for Superman’s rebirth in cinema are running high and the fans are anxiously drooling for the moment to see the spectacle. Ram trucks have stepped up for cross-promotions with the movie and have delivered unto the people of Earth a vehicle that looks like a gift from the stars.
Seriously, this is one awesome looking truck. It looks ripped right from the pages of a comic book. I half expect for Clark Kent to shout “To the Super-mobile!”
Old school Superman fans may lament the duller gray that’s used instead of a brighter blue, but I think the Dark Ceramic Gray looks pretty powerful. That and I love the grill with the Superman “S” front and center and the mix of red.
Ram also shot a commercial to go with it. Take a look at it for yourself:
Anyone that goes driving in this power wagon will definitely not be kneeling before anyone anytime soon.
Automobile Magazine just announced their All-Stars for 2013, and among their top-honored vehicles was the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.
11 vehicles were named 2013 All-Stars and given distinctions like “Hometown Hero” or “Compact for America.” The Ram 1500 and the Audi A7 were designated as the “Houston Rockets.” Jason Harper, who wrote the section of the piece on the Ram 1500, had lots of praise for the truck, calling it “the ultimate in cowboy cool” and “king of the ranch.”
As they put both vehicles through their paces, the Ram 1500 easily beat out the Audi 7 for earning its keep. This is the type of vehicle that can haul more hay, bring back a runaway cow, and take out skeet shooting. Aside from its practicality, though, Harper was also surprised at the attention given to the interior, praising the stitching as “European quality” and noting the lack of “tawdry veneer” in the design.
The full article is available here or in the July issue of Automobile Magazine.
It’s time for a good old fashion showdown between the most popular trucks on the market. New York Daily News took a look at the popular 2013 Ram 1500 and saw how it stacked up next to the competition. What was their conclusion? It was that Ford and Chevrolet better be worried.
The Ram truck is a staple of American engineering for heavy-duty trucks. The official origins for the Ram started around 1981, but the ram hood ornament has been a feature since the Great Depression. Since then, the Ram has undergone quite a number of since then and is now poised to really shake up the established thought when it comes to trucks.
The 2013 Ram 1500 especially is looking to combine refined luxury covering powerful capability. The redesign of Ram as the article puts it “attempts to innovate along with Chevy and Ford rather than follow while undercutting their prices.” While there is a sense of gimmick in some of the features, such as the sidewall storage compartments or the “Rambox”, but many others would be considered class leading, such as eight speed transmission and electrical steering.
Where the Ram 1500 really shines is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with eight speed automatic transmission. The transmission is 10 percent more fuel efficient than a six-speed and almost 15 percent more than five-speed.
For the pricing, it’s not hard to see it’s the choice for any driver looking for the best valued truck on the market.