The Ram 1500 will no longer be available with EcoDiesel engines starting January 2023. The company announced that this is the last call for anyone who wants one. The order book closes in November.
The EcoDiesel available in the 2023 Ram 1500 is a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower (194 kilowatts) at 3,600 rpm and 480 pound-feet (651 Newton-meters) of torque at 1,600 rpm. Redline at 5800 rpm. The only gearbox option is an eight-speed automatic.
The engine is only available in Crew Cab bodies with a 4×4 drivetrain. It is available for Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trim levels.
“As we rapidly spin toward an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this latest EcoDiesel milestone by offering our loyal light duty diesel enthusiasts one last chance to order the truck they love,” said Ram brand CEO Mike Koval Jr.
Ram introduced the EcoDiesel to its 1500 pickups in 2014. That version produces 240 bhp (179 kW) and 420 lb-ft (568 Nm) of torque. It came with an eight-speed automatic. This setup resulted in a highway fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon, which was the best figure ever achieved at that time for a half-ton full-size pickup. According to this announcement, the company received more than 8,000 orders in the first 72 hours for trucks with this engine.
While the EcoDiesel is on its way, Ram is gearing up to launch a fully electric pickup in 2024. The electric truck sketches suggest it may have a sleeker look than the existing 1500. The company is holding what it calls a Ram Real Talk event where automaker representatives meet with potential buyers about what they want from an EV. The pickup preview arrives before the end of 2022.
Rumors suggest 1500 electrics may ride on the STLA Frame platform. It will support a battery of up to 200 kilowatt-hours. The driving distance can reach 500 miles (805 kilometers).