That's double the original estimates...
Chrysler forecasted that only 10 percent of buyers would opt for the Diesel when it launched earlier this year. Then more than 8,000 orders poured in during the first three days the engine was available, which filled the initial allocation.
2015 Ram 1500
Recognizing the pent-up demand has allowed the Ram EcoDiesel to take off, filling a void in the marketplace," says Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for automotive research firm, AutoPacific.
"The Ram diesel is a sales success and actually a very refined powertrain," he said in an email. "It isn't some Frankenstein oddball engine. It feels like it was plucked out of the Audi A8. It's quiet, torquey, efficient and doesn't necessarily break the bank. The price walk from the Hemi V8 to the diesel is actually reasonable."
The EcoDiesel is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the Diesel, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 9,200 pounds, yet it still achieves an incredible 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The engine is sourced through Fiat's VM Motori venture, and the production increases will be online at both Ram factories, in Warren, MI, and Saltillo, Mexico, by the end of November.
"Plus, the engine drives smoothly and returns real-world fuel economy that's often better than the EPA label.
"With the eight-speed transmission, it offers a level of refinement that would feel at home on the autobahn," he said. "If Audi were to make a pickup truck, this would be the one to benchmark." Sullivan noted.
Chrysler is the only company to offer a diesel engine in a light-duty pickup.
Ford and General Motors should follow suit in the years to come as the evidence for demand in the market place is clear as 1/2 ton trucks are being utilized more and more by small and large fleets alike.
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