Moses, you and some of the other guys may have already heard about this, but given our recent discussions on the merits of a diesel, i thought this was very relevant. I got an email a couple days ago, and it was about the new Dodge Ram EcoDiesel. According to the email i got, Dodge is coming out with a 3.0l diesel that is strictly for the 1500 series trucks and promises to give as good or better mileage as the current gas engines in the 1500 series. Unlike the inline 6 in the bigger Dodge Ram, though, this one will be a v-6, and after reading up on it a bit, it looks like it will be a Bank's sourced engine, instead of a Cummins. This is from a press release from Dodge, about the new 1500 series trucks:
"Ram is aiming straight for the heart of pickup truck buyers everywhere by bringing a new diesel engine to the 1500, which is officially rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, as the brand calls it, is also expected to deliver upwards of 28 mpg on the highway, besting the most efficient Ram, the V6-equipped 1500 HFE by 3 mpg. And if that isn’t enough to excite you, the EcoDiesel engine will only cost a $2850 premium over the HEMI V8 models."
One other thing that it mentioned, that i noticed, was a hefty proposed 9200 LB tow capacity, which is on par with the current 5.7l versions of the 1500, and quite a bit more than the 4.7l, and 3.6l versions.
Although i wont be in the market for something like that for a few years, it is nice to know that they are starting to be available in the U.S. market, and that the manufacturers are starting to realize that there is a valid market for diesel engines, and not just in the bigger pickup trucks, tractor trailers, and farm equipment.