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Old 02-14-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Ram 1500 3.0L Turbo Diesel

I wonder if there will be a payload/GVWR increase with the turbo diesel option as well ????

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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While it's nice Dodge is going to offer a diesel in the 1500, I don't think the plan is to make a "stump puller' out of it like their heavy duty products. Read the Detroit Free Press article. It indicated the VM Motori engine to be used would be in the range of 240 hp and 420 ft/lbs torque. 150 less HP than the Hemi and only a 30 ft/lb increase in torque.

I think the driving force behind the move is to bump up the fuel mileage (hopefully) to meet the EPA's CAFE standard increase, and still be able to sell a light duty truck.
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I agree it's all about meeting the fuel economy standards. I would say though, an increase in torque by 30 ft-lbs is fairly significant. When towing, torque is what it's all about, not so much about HP. They are still aiming at the half-ton category.
I say, GOOD FOR DODGE!
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The other question I have is: Will Dodge attractively price the diesel option in the 1500 to stimulate buyer interest, or will there be a premium to be paid like the Cummins engine option in the 2500/3500?
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Well, that 2470/420 number is what it puts out in the Jeep. I couple of changes in the ECU and 260/465 is not out of the realm of possibility. If they did that, I might consider letting go of my 12 Tundra and pick one up.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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Ram 1500 3.0L Turbo Diesel

This is exciting. Now Ford, Chev and most importantly Toyota will pull their heads out of their butts and get their diesel 1/2 tons to market. Ford and Toyota both have a diesel that could come to market in short order I believe, I guess they wants to watch Dodge eat their lunch first. This is going to be an awesome truck I think. The right programming and turbo this truck could produce some serious HP and Torque.
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The problem with Toyota is the plant they have is at capacity, 100K per year. They simply can't handle another line of truck, until they build something to support it.
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I am glad to see a ton diesel. I have always thought a light truck with the right diesel setup would be awesome. With the right setup, you can have both good power and fuel economy in a truck. Now let’s see if they have the follow through. I am sure they will tune it for more power than the Cherokee (or at least I hope they will).
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Banks performace already has a kit that will still be around the 240 hp but pushing 500ft.pounds torque with a motor under 500lbs..Sounds good!!!!!!!http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7...diesel_engine/
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:08 AM   #10
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There is a post on rv dot net site that says he has been driving one for awhile and that everyone will be very pleased with it.
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