Italian Engine maker V.M. Motori, a company in which General Motors owns a large stake, is the company tasked with building the 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel offered in the upcoming Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The engine was originally commissioned for use by GM, and GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson says that they still have access to the engine if customers flood into Ram and Nissan showrooms for the new diesel pickups. How did Chrysler end up with the engine in the first place? Our article here will explain a few things.
Regardless, GM is expressing doubt in the prospect of a half-ton diesel in their all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. According to Wilkinson, the company thinks the extra costs up front will put off customers. Diesel versions of the Ram and Titan will carry a price premium — as much as $4,500 as we’ve seen in the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel — over their gasoline counterparts, mostly due to heavy duty, more expensive engine components. But should sales begin to catch on, Wilkinson states that GM is “ready to respond quickly,” according to an AutoGuide report.