We Have Bad News About The Ram 1500 Diesel

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If you want one, better to act fast.

After Ford stopped offering the Power Stroke engine in the F-150, General Motors and Ram were the last two automakers to offer full-size trucks with a diesel powertrain.

While Chevy has doubled down on the Silverado's diesel engine, Ram is taking the opposite approach by discontinuing its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. The 2023 Ram 1500 will no longer offer the diesel engine option after January 2023, but that still gives customers some time to order it.

"Our Ram EcoDiesel V6 engine has delighted consumers with the highest half-ton diesel torque rating and towing capability while being the first to exceed 1,000 miles of range," said Mike Koval Jr., Ram CEO. "As we quickly pivot toward an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this last EcoDiesel milestone by offering our loyal light-duty diesel enthusiasts a final opportunity to order the truck they love."

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The EcoDiesel was first introduced on the Ram 1500 lineup in 2014, earning an EPA-rated 28 mpg on the highway. At the time, this was the best fuel economy rating of any half-ton, full-size truck in history. Customers quickly fell in love with the diesel engine and its impressive mpg figures, ordering 8,000 of them in the first 72 hours of availability before even having the chance to test drive it.

In 2020, Ram updated the engine to produce 480 lb-ft of torque, up from the original 420 lb-ft figure, while horsepower remained the same at 260 horsepower. Fuel economy improved as well, getting up to 29 mpg on 4x4 models or 32 mpg with 4x2. With rear-wheel drive, the Ram EcoDiesel could travel over 1,000 miles on a single tank. This engine also offered impressive towing capability, pulling up to 12,560 pounds.

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With the EcoDiesel gone from the lineup, customers will now have a choice between a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with a mild-hybrid eTorque system, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, or the same V8 with eTorque.

Of course, there's also the Ram 1500 TRX with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing 702 hp. With a highway fuel economy rating of just 14 mpg, the TRX is the polar opposite of the EcoDiesel. Ram will also offer an all-electric 1500, though it's not coming until 2024.

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We are sad to see the EcoDiesel go because it was an excellent option for truck owners that travel long distances. The Ram 1500 EV will be the new eco-conscious option, but it will not offer the same stellar range, especially not while towing.

If you want to order one of the final EcoDiesel models, the engine will be available on Crew Cab 4x4 models in the Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims. Unfortunately, this means the rear-drive models with the 1,000-mile rangeares no longer available.

Ram will continue to offer a Cummins diesel engine on its Heavy Duty truck lineup.

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