After nearly a decade in production, the Ram 1500 will discontinue the EcoDiesel (turbodiesel) engin, killing off yet another GM Duramax rival.
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production will conclude during the 2023 model year in January 2023, ending the 3.0L V6 diesel engine’s eight-year-long run. The EcoDiesel engine was first introduced for the 2014 model year and received a minor update for the 2020 model year.
Interested customers currently have the opportunity to order the diesel motor in the 2023 Ram 1500, which is available on the pickup’s Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn and Limited trim levels.
“Our Ram EcoDiesel V6 engine has delighted consumers with the highest half-ton diesel torque rating and towing capability while being the first to exceed 1,000 miles of range,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO at parent company Stellantis. “As we quickly pivot toward an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this last EcoDiesel milestone by offering our loyal light-duty diesel enthusiasts a final opportunity to order the truck they love.”
The departure of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel engine offering leaves GM and its Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra as the only automaker that still offers a diesel engine in a light-duty full-size pickup. Ford pulled the plug on its 3.0L V6 turbodiesel Power Stroke in 2020, as our our sister publication, Ford Authority, was first to report.
In fact, GM recently introduced the updated 3.0L I6 LZ0 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which improves on its predecessor, the 3.0L I6 LM2. Rated at 305 horsepower and 495 pound-feet of torque, the LZ0 mates to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel is available to equip on most trims of the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2023 GMC Sierra 1500.