Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Delayed Until Early 2014
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was slated as the first light duty diesel powered full size truck offered in the modern American market and the Chrysler Group planned on launching this powerful and efficient 3.0L V6 during the 2013 calendar year as a 2014 model. When the rollout process of the Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by the same 3.0L EcoDiesel engine backed up the launch of the EcoDiesel powered Ram 1500, Chrysler moved the diesel half ton Ram project further into the 2014 model year. The original plan would indicate that the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel would arrive sometime in the second half of the 2013 calendar year but as we near the start of the fourth quarter without any real news on the EcoDiesel Ram – word on the street is that the diesel Ram 1500 will not arrive until mid January 2014.
The Chrysler Group has been very hush-hush on the repeated delays of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel but there are a variety of possibilities as to what may have caused the push from 2013 to 2014 for the new Ram 1500 diesel. According to Allpar, a large number of the EcoDiesel engines have been held at the VM engine plant in Ferrara Italy to be recalibrated to meet the American emission standards. Allpar also reports that the VM production line that was tasked with producing the EcoDiesel 3.0L V6 has been paused and should the calibration issue reports be true – it would make good sense for Chrysler to stop producing the engines until they are able to ship those engines that have already been produced.