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Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

January 13, 2015

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.
Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE delivers an EPA-rated 29 mpg highway, a 1 mpg improvement over the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Ram achieved the improvement because it "invested in powertrain technologies and those are paying real dividends," according to a release.

The 1500 EcoDiesel HFE provides 21 mpg city and 24 mpg combined.

In December, Ford's aluminum-body 2015 F-150 attained an EPA-rated 26 mpg highway when equipped with the 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado with the 4.3-liter V-6 has been rated at 24 mpg highway, 18 mpg city, and 20 mpg combined.

The new pickup offers a trim package to the Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab four-door body with a 6-foot, 4-inch bed and 20-inch wheels. The Ram EcoDiesel also is available with a body-colored fascia adopted from the Ram Express model to give the Ram EcoDiesel HFE a sportier exterior appearance.

Wheel-to-wheel side steps and a tri-fold tonneau cover provide greater functionality and aerodynamics that improve fuel efficiency.

The EcoDiesel HFE will go on sale by April 1.

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  1. 1. Ric [ January 16, 2015 @ 09:11AM ]

    I'ld rather be driving diesel. When I can get 30+ MPG highway and 26 MPG overall I'll be interested. However given the higher initial cost, the body and chassis will have to last over 500,000 miles. Can any one do that yet?

 

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