The arrival of a diesel motor in the easy-driving and elegant 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup is big information. Till this point, diesel motors for all truck lines have been restricted to simply 2500 and 3500 models.
Ford and Chevy continue without a small diesel engine in their light trucks, and are about to feel the hurt from the brand-new 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
As much as vehicle purchasers traditionally loathe the idea of diesel motors, truck buyers loved it.
Under the chrome 2015 Dodge RAM hood, the 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel choice even provided a (momentary) 36 mpg by means of the conventional eight-speed automatic during a light cruise on the test path. However that is not even the very best part.
2015 Dodge RAM EcoDiesel
The Ram EcoDiesel packs all the benefits of 25-mpg-plus freeway efficiency, however none of the normal diesel motor noise or the driving dynamics of an 18-wheeler. This is an equipment whose big torque reserves and lighter front end sign up with forces to make a smooth, quiet and active truck. All that convenience on the air springs front and rear has virtually no significant tradeoff in the abilities tallies versus the F-150 or Silverado.
While both of those leading trucks– Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado– are likewise quite improved in the drivetrain nowadays, none provide the definitely S-Class -matching smoothness of the Ram 1500 Laramie over bumps.
Un-laden half-ton trucks could have smooth engines, but are still a pitter-patter of suspension clatter in back on excellent sunny days. On bad snowy or rainy days, that inherent over-sprung feel can become downright treacherous over mid-corner bumps.
Gas-guzzling and tense pickups are starting to feel mighty obsolete in direct comparison to the swanky brand-new Ram EcoDiesel.
No news for the still-fresh nose and lights from the 2013 Ram 1500 redesign. The lights look better than ever, with halogen projectors for the low beams and LED accents for the indicators down below. The posh trims, like the Laramie test truck, include a set of vertical reflector fog lamps in the bumper edges, and overall the Ram looks impressive in white with chrome accents.
LED taillights bring up the rear, where the Ram is upgraded however not extremely significantly. The current bumper, tailgate and the bed-mounted (now power-locking) Ram Boxes are the biggest clues that this is an all-new model.
The only change for the EcoDiesel vs. the various other 2015 Dodge RAM 1500 models is the popular new badges on both flanks and the tail. The EcoDiesel tag goes right beside the Ram 1500 icon, solidifying that this is undoubtedly a half-ton diesel.
The 2015 Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel has 3 huge stats in its emphasize reel: 420 pound-feet of torque, eight-speed automatic, and 9,200 pounds of pulling capacity. Those are practically fightin’ words compared to the most-efficient V-6 engines from Ford and Chevy. Very, extremely outstanding tallies.
The genuine emphasize for a lot of buyers will be the smooth, quiet operation of the engine while practically doubling the fuel economy duplicates from the 5.7-liter, V-8 HEMI that is likewise readily available on the Ram 1500. Preliminary price quotes are 20 mpg city, and possibly as high as 27 mpg on the highway. The eight-speed automatic’s reduced revs at motorway speeds are to thank, as is the Ram’s air suspension kneeling to a lower-drag height at motorway speeds.
Review Of 2015 RAM
The last and the majority of crucial bit for conquest sales of previous Ford and Chevy owners? The EcoDiesel is fast and responsive to most acceleration requirements. As observed on a comparable diesel 3.0-liter, V-6 in the Audi Q7 S-line, there is a brief doubt at initial step-off from a stop in both vehicles.
On more factor to consider, a modern toe-in is very good versus a jackrabbit electronic throttle, which can make trailer towing, hitching and off-roading really annoying. A smooth progression is overcome quickly by a heavier throttle foot. Sprint pace is an expected 8.5 seconds to 60 mph before topping out at an estimated 108 miles per hour.
The pricing for the EcoDiesel engine upgrade is not yet offered from 2015 Dodge RAM, however is anticipated to split the difference between the base 3.6-liter, V-6 and the updated 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. On the least expensive spec, the 1500 EcoDiesel Tradesman is projected to come in with a $29,500 price.