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The New Ram 1500 Is About To Get Even Better

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But what about a smaller version?

Looking to pick up a new Ram 1500? Your choices come down to the 3.6-liter V6 or the 5.7-liter V8, with or without eTorque assist. If you want diesel power, you've had to look to the Ram 1500 Classic or the bigger Ram HD. But the diesel option will soon be coming to the new full-size, light-duty truck.

Ram chief Jim Morrison confirmed to Autoblog in New York last week that it'll bring the EcoDiesel option to the new Ram 1500 before the end of the year. And it could offer even more muscle than the outgoing version.

Instead of the EcoDiesel in the old Ram 1500 (and carryover 1500 Classic), the new Ram truck is destined to get the more potent version soon to appear in the Jeep Gladiator. In that application, the engine – still a 3.0-liter turbo six – will produce 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, instead of the old version's 240 hp and 420 lb-ft.

The bigger question is whether the diesel will get the eTorque option, which gives the V6 an extra 90 lb-ft and the V8 an additional 130 lb-ft. With the mild-hybrid system, the new EcoDiesel could out-twist even the eTorque-boosted Hemi V8.

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Mystery still shrouds the prospect of a smaller Ram, though. The new Ram 1500 is only being offered at present in Crew Cab and Quad Cab configurations, with the regular cab only offered on the Classic model. Morrison refused to comment on the possibility of the new truck being offered with a regular-cab.

He also said there are no plans at present for a mid-size Ram to take on the likes of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, et al – but that FCA is "considering options." In the meantime, the Gladiator will have to hold down that particular fort on its own.