CHELSEA, Mich. -- Ram will offer a new optional 6.4-liter V-8 engine for its 2014 heavy-duty pickup to compete with Ford's 6.2-liter gasoline V-8.
The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a light-duty diesel. The powertrain changes were revealed at a press event here last week.
The optional 6.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine, different from another 6.4-liter V-8 in the Chrysler lineup, is rated at 410 hp and 429 pounds-feet of torque. The engine gives Ram a heavy-duty engine option between its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel.
Also, Ram will equip its 2500 heavy-duty pickups with a five-link coil suspension system similar to that used on the 1500. Its 3500 pickups will continue to use rear leaf springs. An optional air suspension system, similar to that in use on the half-ton pickup, also will be available on 2500 and 3500 models.
Heavy duties outfitted with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel will have optional dual alternators available for the 2014 model year, delivering as much as 440 amps of electrical power for plug-in accessories and other uses. Vehicles with the new 6.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine will have optional dual alternators delivering as much as 380 amps of electrical power.
The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty starts at $30,695, including shipping. The pickup equipped with the new 6.4-liter Hemi is priced $1,495 more than a similarly equipped 5.7-liter Hemi-powered Ram heavy duty.
Production of the 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups is expected to start in the third quarter in Saltillo, Mexico.
In February, Ram said it would offer a 2014 Ram 1500 with a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine from VM Motori S.p.A. Coupled with the pickup's eight-speed transmission, the engine is rated at 240 hp and delivers 420 pounds-feet of torque.
Fuel economy ratings haven't been released but are expected to fall between the 25 mpg highway of the V-6 powered 2013 Ram 1500 and the 30 mpg highway of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. The diesel, which requires urea treatment, is emissions-compliant in all 50 states.
In addition to the new optional EcoDiesel engine, Ram's light-duty pickups will add a front park-assist option that sounds an audible warning as the vehicle's nose closes within 47 inches of an obstacle.
The 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $25,295, including shipping. The 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with eight-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 higher than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with eight-speed transmission.