In the world of cars, the battle for mpg supremacy has been going on for ages, but for light-duty trucks, that battle only began recently. The stage was set when GM began selling hybrid pickups in the early 2000s that saw decent gains in their mpg ratings – roughly 5 mpg city, 1 mpg highway and 3 mpg combined – but in recent years, the trend has been a movement to diesel power in light-duty pickups. Ram is the trendsetter in this conversion to diesel power, and it has just reset the bar that it placed when it first unveiled its EcoDiesel engine with the release of its new EcoDiesel HFE.
Announced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the EcoDiesel HFE will be a package available with the 1500 Express model, making this the first time the EcoDiesel engine has been available on the Express model. There is no mention as to what cab configuration the diesel engine will be available in, but considering the engine is currently only available in four-door models, I would suspect the same from the EcoDiesel HFE.
The real news behind this new pickup is that it’s reset the bar that the EcoDiesel set so high when it was released. The new EcoDiesel HFE will deliver incredible fuel-economy numbers of 29 mpg highway, 21 mpg city and 24 mpg combined. Those numbers account for a 1-mpg increase across the board.
To help distinguish the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE from other models will be a newly developed “HFE” badge. Additionally, the EcoDiesel HFE will get all of the other goodies that the Express gets, including body-color bumpers and grille, 20-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, and caperted floors and floor mats.
The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2015, but pricing is not available yet. If I were to place an estimate on this new truck, I would say to expect it to check in at $35,190, which is a $4,000 increase over the 1500 Express Quad Cab with a 6’4” box.