Our eagle eyed spy photographer caught this 4th Generation Ram (DS) EcoDiesel near FCA’s Chrysler Technology Center usually referred to as the CTC.
What gives this truck away as a powertrain prototype is the wiring running from under the hood into the cab, which is more than likely hooked up to a computer monitoring the engine during testing. During the 2019 Ram 1500 press conference in Detroit on January 15th, Mike Manley, Head of the Ram and Jeep brands, said that “When our diesel arrives in 2019, we are going to reclaim all the claims that we have.” That statement was in direct response to Fords new 3.0 liter V6 Powerstroke diesel that is coming to the F150 this spring, as well as GM’s new 3.0 liter inline 6 Duramax diesel coming to the all new Silverado and Sierra twins.
While the outgoing EcoDiesel was rated at 240hp and 420lb ft of torque, the power number has been bumped to 260hp and 442lb ft of torque in the new JL Wrangler. We have heard rumours that there is still more power and torque to get out of the EcoDiesel and it really just depends on how far Ram wants to push it. We do believe that the numbers will at least match the JL Wranglers numbers, but expect Ram to try and top the competition in HP, Torque and MPG. Ford has rated their V6 Powerstroke at 250hp and 440lb ft of torque while GM has not released any power numbers for their new inline 6 diesel.
We expect the 2019 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to go into production in the summer of 2019.
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