We reported early this week that Chrysler was tinkering with the possibility of adding a diesel engine to the Ram 1500 and maybe the Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Grand Caravan too. Well, still no official confirmation on the latter two but we have proof (as seen above) that Chrysler is moving forward with plans to put a diesel engine in the Ram 1500 light-duty hauler.
The truck had been seen testing in the mountains that run through Southern California. Our spy photographer managed to snap this photo while the driver of the diesel-powered Ram 1500 was refueling, adding even more (diesel) fuel to what many have been speculating for months now. This picture stops just short of confirming a diesel-powered Ram 1500 will enter production but we expect Chrysler to make the announcement in the coming months.
As for what will power the diesel light-duty truck, we believe a Fiat-sourced 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 engine from VM Motori will supply the power. This same engine is already logging work hours underneath the diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee in Europe and whose same configuration is destined for our shores next year. Note that a Grand Cherokee that ran on diesel was also along for the ride with the above Ram 1500. While nothing has been confirmed, early reports indicate that the Ram 1500′s diesel engine can be tuned to produce more than 400 lb-ft of torque and can tow upwards of 10,000 pounds.
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