Turbodiesel engines coming soon?
Diesel engine saves you money on fuel. The question is by how much? A normal gas fueled Dodge Ram 1500 pickup can on average can get about 15mpg city and 19mpg on highway. A Diesel fueled 1500 pickup can get about 19.5mpg city and almost 25mpg on highway. Diesel engines could save you money, and help out the environment.
Automakers are now trying to apply the diesel powered engine as an option when you buy a car. GM plans to add a 4.5-liter turbocharged V-8 diesel engine into the H2. They also plan on adding a lighter version into the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC sierra pickups. According to GM the new turbodiesel will produce at least 310hp and 520 pounds-feet of torque.
Chrysler has also confirmed that they will use at least one new engine from diesel supplier, Cummins Inc. They will be using it in their Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. The diesel engine is 4.5-liter V-6 that produces 190hp and an estimated 570 pounds-feet of torque.
There are also rumors in the air that Nissan will be adding diesel engines made by Ford’s long time diesel supplier, International Truck and Engine Corp, to their Titan. Neither Nissan nor International have confirmed on the deal. Toyota officials on the other hand have said that they want to make a diesel engine optional in the new full-sized Tundra pickup. Toyota has not said yet when the diesel Tundra will be available or who would build it.
The first automaker that will be producing a light-weight diesel engine will be Ford. They plan to launch their new 4.4-liter light-weight diesel engine F-150 and possibly Expedition SUV in 2009.
The new turbodiesels expected to come, are a great idea of minimizing the cost of fuel without effecting the performance. Hopefully they come out with more variety of models that come with the option of light-weight diesel engines. So, expect to soon see turbocharged and lighter weight diesel cars or trucks driving around on the streets.