2014 Ram 1500 Pickup to Lead V6 Towing Capacity

305-hp Pentastar V6 tows 7,450 lb., topping current base V6 power trains in the half-ton-truck segment; EcoDiesel V6 tows 9,200 lb.

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Ram says its 2014 1500 pickup truck will take the top spot in V6 towing capacity at 7,450 lb. Ram powertrain engineers added a more robust parking gear to the exclusive eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 to raise its capacity.

"There was more towing capacity in the V6 Ram 1500 but we needed to upgrade the transmission to hold the truck and trailer when parked on steep grades," said Mike Cairns, chief engineer at Ram Truck. "Now that we're building the transmissions ourselves, the improvements are included in the new assembly. "

Ram also finalized towing numbers for the exclusive Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The two-wheel-drive, two-door, long bed with the new EcoDiesel will tow up to 9,200 lb. The new diesel engine approaches larger-displacement V8s' towing capability with a 3.0-liter V6.

Ram is expecting best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25 highway miles per gallon from the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

Document: 2014 Ram 1500 Pickup Truck Specifications