Posted on AllPar today
According to sources within the company, the Ram 1500
diesel is taking off in sales, to the point where it is taking up over a quarter of production on some days.
The VM 3.0 is a state-of-the-art engine, which produces around the same torque as the Hemi V8, albeit with lower horsepower. Tow ratings of diesel 1500s are between those of the V6 and V8 gasoline engines
, but fuel economy beats all other full-size and mid-size trucks, along with some four-cylinder compacts.
The company has, according to one source, diverted the diesels from the Grand Cherokee
, where they’ve garnered less attention, to the pickups. This could be to increase CAFE ratings, to take advantage of the Rams’ publicity, or because the engine is responsible for boosting Ram
sales more than Grand Cherokee
sales — the latter limited mainly by the factory’s capacity.
While there have been anecdotal reports of customers not getting the Grand Cherokee Diesels they ordered, a Chrysler spokesman wrote, “2015 Grand Cherokee models equipped with the EcoDiesel engine are scheduled to begin production by October 1. We are working closely with our dealers to ensure customers get their choice of a 2014 diesel-equipped model (available now), or a 2015 model, which can be ordered in early September.”
VM is increasing their V6 capacity, though some critics said they are doing too little, too slowly, in light of what appears to be burgeoning demand for the high-tech powerplants. Their four-cylinder engines
are also to be used in the Chevrolet Cruze, while Nissan Titan is adopting a Cummins V6 as the American aversion to diesels rapidly fades.