Ram officially announces “Last Call” for its Ram 1500 pickup trucks with the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine. What does it mean? Here are all the details!
Ram says that production of the 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 will end in January 2023 (which is just under four months away). You can still order one if you prefer a smaller displacement turbo-diesel engine in your pickup truck. The 2023 Ram 1500 will offer the EcoDiesel in crew cab 4×4 models in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, and Limited models. This is the “Last Call”.
The latest generation of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 came out in 2020 and it offers 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This is a high-tech engine with the latest technology to offer power, efficiency, and capability. The Ram 1500 Diesel 2WD is rated at 32 MPG on the highway or 29 MPG on the highway in 4×4 models. This powertrain can be configured for a maximum trailer tow rating of 12,560 lbs.
Ram was first to the turbo-diesel game in recent half-ton trucks in the United States. The first generation of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 came out in 2014. The first version of the engine was later entangled in an emissions investigation and litigation. The most recent version of the EcoDiesel engine resolved all regulatory issues.
The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was so good at towing fuel efficiency that it set the Ike Gauntlet™ – the world’s toughest towing test – uphill MPG benchmark.
Does this mean that the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator that use a similar version of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 will also go away soon? We reached out to Jeep for comment and we will update this story as soon as we know.
Ford has discontinued its 3.0L PowerStroke V6 engine in their Ford F-150 lineup for the 2021 model year, soon after the redesigned F-150 trucks became available. The F-150 Hybrid powertrain arguably replaced this small diesel in the F-150 with lots of torque and increased fuel efficiency.
GM recently announced that the 2.8L Duramax I4 turbo-diesel engine is being discontinued in its Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon lineup for the 2023 model year. However, the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 diesel trucks will live on with the next iteration of the 3.0L Duramax I6 turbo-diesel. The updated LZ0 version of the 3.0L Duramax will go on sale soon! It appears that General Motors won the light-duty pickup truck battle in the United States.
Here is one of our Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Ike Gauntlet™ towing tests.