Posted Jun 8th 2012 12:45PM
Poll anyone on the Autoblog staff and we'll tell you that a light-duty diesel pickup is a good idea. And while the refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 brings pickup-firsts like an eight-speed automatic and start/stop to the table, new reports state that diesel power might make it into the Chrysler Group's stalwart truck, as well.
According to Allpar.com, Chrysler has reportedly been building some one-off Ram 1500 test mules fitted with a 3.0-litre VM Motori V6 turbo-diesel, an engine that's currently found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, if a diesel Ram were to be offered in the North America, it wouldn't be for a few more years.
PickupTrucks.com states that this 3.0-litre oil-burning engine could be tuned to produce in excess of 400 pound-feet of torque, and when used in conjunction with a truck platform, could provide up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. Even if a diesel-powered Ram is still a far-off prospect, consider our interest piqued.