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GM 1/2 Ton Diesel for 2013???

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Old 05-15-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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According to diesel power magazine, gm and dodge have been kicking around the idea for over 10 years now. The closest we came was around 2007/ with their 4.5 duramax, and dodge with a 5.0 cummins.

The latest rumors have gm using a 4.5 duramax or...a cummins v8 diesel. Most speculation seems to point at gm bringing it out first, followed by dodge, and later by ford depending on market reception. Power is believed to be in the 300 hp / 500 ft/lb range and low 20's for fuel mileage. this is possible for the 2013 model year!! But I wouldn't get my hopes up.

The biggest holdback right now is the emissions equipment, dodge was quoted as saying the dpf, selective catylist, and urea injection equipment costs about the same as a 5.7L hemi and the auto transmission to go with it.

Remember, this is only speculation...


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Old 05-15-2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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That would be cool from a performance point of view, but I don't see the point in having that much power in a 1/2 ton for the average Joe. It seems to me like they're either going to step on their own toes (fullsize market) or the suspension and brakes will not be adequate for the amount of towing capability the engine will have. It will definitely give GM something to compete with the EcoBoost F150's though. I'm just not sure if the extra power will be worth the extra cost in fuel.

at the very least, it would give car guys a nice diesel engine to easily fit under the hood of their muscle cars

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