Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is coming soon, but no midsize Ram plans yet

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NEW YORK — At this year’s New York Auto Show, we had the opportunity to talk with the head of Trucks, Jim Morrison, and he had a few interesting tidbits about what’s and what isn’t for the brand. The first big news is that the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel is finally coming to the all-new Ram 1500 later this year. Up until now, the engine was only available in the previous-generation Ram 1500 and current Ram 1500 Classic. The new Ram won’t have the same engine, though. It will be a redesigned 3.0-liter turbodiesel that will also appear in the Jeep Gladiator in 2020. That means it should also make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, unless the Ram gets unique tuning that changes the output. Morrison wouldn’t elaborate on any other details, though, including whether it would utilize the eTorque mild-hybrid assist of its gas powered cousins.

The other news concerns things we probably won’t see from Ram anytime soon — and one of them is a pickup truck. Morrison said there are no for one yet, though the company is always considering options. In the meantime, the current strategy is to offer the Ram 1500 Classic as an option to potential midsize buyers. The thinking, of course, is that the Ram 1500 Classic is cheaper than the redesigned Ram 1500, and it’s a bigger truck than midsizers. We can’t help but wonder if the Gladiator might also make a midsize Ram a tougher sell at the moment.

Finally, Morrison still had nothing to say about a regular cab offering for the redesigned Ram 1500. The only full-size Ram 1500 offering with a regular cab is the Classic model, leaving four-door models only on the normal 1500. We know that regular cabs don’t sell well, so it’s understandable that there isn’t an offering yet, but it seems the company will have to offer one eventually when the Classic runs its course. Odds are that a future Ram 1500 regular cab will look something like the Ram 2500 and 3500 regular cab models, but with a more subdued grille.



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