Type the word “diesel” into any Tundra fan site or forum and you will immediately get comments declaring you a fool or suggesting if Toyota doesn’t offer the engine, they will never buy another Tundra pickup. The diesel topic has exploded over the past few years and helping fan the flames is the 2015 Ram EcoDiesel. As the only half-ton diesel on the market, rival truck fans have seemingly put the truck on a pedestal to use for/against their diesel argument. What makes it so polarizing? The engine. Is it really that much better? Let’s take a closer look.
The Ram EcoDiesel just got dropped off and I took some quick photos with my phone. It is an Outdoorsman trim level and with a crew cab. Listed price on the sticker is $50,790. It has the luxury group, comfort group, trailer tow and brake control group, 3.92 rear axle and the Uconnect system.
In the next day or so, the first sales results of 2015 are due. While, we don’t expect many surprises, we do wonder how the year will play out. There are many new competitors coming to the market, shifts in production and new truck unveils on the horizon. Here are the story lines we will be following.
In a few weeks, the Detroit auto show kicks off a hectic spring with a new Nissan Titan, new Toyota Tacoma and possibly a new Ford Raptor being unveiled. What’s missing from this list? Toyota Tundra updates. While we don’t expect anything in Detroit, there is a possibility of an announcement during the Chicago Auto Show in February. Whether or not an annoucement is made, here is what we would like to see from Toyota.
A recent report in AutoNews.com says Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is looking to add turbocharging and direct injection to its Pentastar V6 engine. If this comes to fruition, it would seemingly improve the fuel economy of the engine and is a direct response to the new “highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup” claims of Ford’s new 2.7L EcoBoost. The race for best half-ton fuel economy supremacy is getting incredibly competitive.