Information on the 2014 Ram 1500 light-duty full-size pickup is pouring in, and the more we see of it, the more of it we like! Considering that the 2013 Ram 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, Four Wheeler’s Off-Road Pickup Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas, it is not surprising that we’ll see more best-in-class and segment-firsts for the Ram brand in 2014.

Remember the conversations you’ve had with your friends for the past few years: “Someone should offer a half-ton diesel truck”? Well, the 2014 model year indeed marks the inception of the half-ton diesel (as you have undoubtedly heard); Ram is the only player with its 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel. Ram will be the only manufacturer in the light-duty class to offer diesel, gasoline, and flex-fuel engines for 2014. The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) will come standard in the EcoDiesel and the V-6 Pentastar.

New for 2014 are two innovative shades - Blue Streak and Granite Crystal – and a front park assist system, which is a first time offering on a full-size Ram pickup truck. The system utilizes four sensors on the front bumper to detect objects as far away as 47.2 inches. Fuel-efficiency refinements include pulse-width modulation (PWM), which reduces parasitic electrical load. A variable displacement air-conditioning compressor lessens engine load by automatically varying pumping capacity to meet air conditioning demands. The pulse-width modulated vent blower continually controls fan speeds for optimal performance in all driving scenarios. The humidity sensor, located behind the rearview mirror, continually measures the potential for the formation of windshield humidity. The 2014 Ram 1500 will feature the latest technology in air conditioning by carrying F1234yf refrigerant. Also new is a capless fuel filler system for re-filling convenience.

Finalized towing numbers for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which approach the larger displacement V-8 towing capabilities, were released on July 29, 2013. A 2WD, two-door, long bed Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 pounds. Although there is no direct competitor for the EcoDiesel Ram, fuel economy is expected to exceed the best-in-class 25 MPG of the 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will come in Regular Cab, Quad Cab, and Crew Cab; 2WD and 4WD. Regular Cabs are assembled at the Saltillo Truck Assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico; Quad and Crew Cabs at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan. Starting price for the 2014 Ram 1500 is $24,200 (plus $1,095 destination), with the EcoDiesel option adding $2,850 when compared to a similarly equipped Hemi Ram 1500.

3.0-Liter DOHC EcoDiesel V-6 developed and manufactured by VM Motori
Type and Description: 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 182 cu. in.
Valve System: Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves
Fuel Injection: Common-rail, 2000 bar, Solenoid Injectors
Construction: Cast-iron block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
Power (SAE net): 240 hp at 3,600 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 420 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
Emission Controls: Cooled EGR, Oxidation catalyst, Diesel particulate filer, SCR (selective catalytic reduction) with urea injection, emissions-compliant in all 50 states
Transmission: TorqueFlite automatic eight-speed with Electronic Range Select (adaptive electronic control, automatic or Electronic Range Select (ERS) manual control. Five clutch-pack design with only two open clutches in any gear. Torque converter lock with turbine torsional damper for low lock-up speeds in 1st through 8th gear)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy): TBA

3.6-Liter 24-Valve DOHC V-6 (E85 compatible) (42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 engine)
Type and Description: 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 220 cu. in.
Valve System: Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection: sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Power (SAE net): 305 hp at 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 269 lb-ft at 4,175 rpm
Emission Controls: Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
Transmission: TorqueFlite automatic eight-speed with Electronic Range Select (adaptive electronic control, automatic or Electronic Range Select (ERS) manual control. Five clutch-pack design with only two open clutches in any gear. Torque converter lock with turbine torsional damper for low lock-up speeds in 1st through 8th gear)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy): 18/25

5.7-Liter Hemi® 16 Valve V-8
Type and Description: 60-degree V-8, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 345 cu. in.
Valve System: variable cam timing, pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves, hydraulic lifters with roller followers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power (SAE net): 395 hp at 5,600 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 407 lb-ft at 3,950 rpm
Emission Controls: Three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
Transmission: Automatic six-speed (three planetary gear sets, one overrunning clutch, full electronic control, electronically controlled converter clutch); TorqueFlite automatic eight-speed with Electronic Range Select (adaptive electronic control, automatic or Electronic Range Select (ERS) manual control. Five clutch-pack design with only two open clutches in any gear. Torque converter lock with turbine torsional damper for low lock-up speeds in 1st through 8th gear)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy) with 8-speed automatic: 15/22
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy) with 6-speed automatic: TBA