Pickup trucks have gained immense popularity over the years. Nowadays, you can easily choose from the diesel options in the pickup truck category. There was a time when the diesel engine option came with many drawbacks. But with technological advancements, diesel engines have become stronger and better. Diesel engines of today come with technologies like cutting-edge emission control systems, high pressure common rail injection and variable geometry turbo charging.
Mentioned below are some of the best diesel trucks:
Take a look at the new GM 2500HD/3500HD heavy duty pickup trucks and you cannot ignore the burly hood that the vehicles have. The only reason for the hood being large and burly is that it conceals the revamped Duramax diesel engine under the cover. The next question that arises is whether the revamped diesel engine produces better horsepower and torque or not. The 6.6L L5P Duramax diesel engine comes with direct injection, turbocharged 32-valve V-8 configuration. The engine is capable of producing 445HP of energy and 910 lbs-feet of torque. The engine is coupled to 6-speed automatic transmission. The maximum payload capacity of the truck is about 5587 pounds. The conventional towing capacity is 20,000lbs; while gooseneck towing capacity is 23,200 lbs.
Ford Super Duty
Ford has been manufacturing the best of pickup trucks in the heavy duty as well as in light weight category. Many of the trucks manufactured by the company have diesel engines in them. Ford Super Duty pickup truck is an example in this regard. The pickup truck has undergone revamp and there exist mixed reactions about it – some say it is good; others feel it is not so good. If you see closely, you will find that many of the designs have been inspired from F-150 model.
The Super Duty models have extremely high strength aluminum beds and cabs. The use of aluminum not only made the pickup trick stronger and tougher, but also reduced abundant weight from the vehicle. This light weightiness of the pickup truck does not hamper the performance and the towing capacity of the vehicle in any manner.
Ford Super Duty runs on 6.7 liter Power Stroke direct injected turbo charged 32-valve V-8 engine. The engine has the capacity of producing 440HP of energy and 925 lbs-feet of torque. The engine is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. Maximum payload which the pickup truck can carry is about 6460lbs. the conventional towing capacity of Ford Super Duty is 21,000lbs; while gooseneck towing capacity is 32,800lbs. Max GCWR of the pickup truck is 41,800 lbs.
RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
The first RAM EcoDiesel engine model made appearance in the year 2014. The diesel powered pickup truck became quite popular at that time as this was not very common. The truck market saw the first diesel engine at that time and it came with dual overhead cam design. For almost two years, there was no competitor for the RAM diesel engine pickup truck. Only small changes were made in the truck from time to time.
The diesel engine, which was put below the hood of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is a highly cultivated and capable engine. The best thing about the engine is that it is highly durable. The materials used in the making of the engine are such that they offer great performance in the best manner. Compacted graphite iron (CGI) is used in the making of the engine and it is regarded as one of the best standard OEM equipments. Al the internal parts of the engine are made of highest quality materials so that performance is not hampered in any way.
Ford Super Duty has a 3.0 liter VM Motori, direct injected, turbocharged 24-valve V-6 engine. The engine is coupled to 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine has the capacity of producing 240HP of energy and 420lbs-feet of torque. Maximum payload that can be carried by the pickup truck is 1,620 lbs; while the maximum towing capacity is 9,200 lbs. Maximum GCWR 14,750 lbs.
Nissan Titan XD
When we talk of diesel engines in heavy duty truck market, we cannot miss heavy ½ ton from the house of Nisssan. Nissan Titan XD has carved a niche for itself in the heavy duty pickup truck category, which runs on diesel engine. The new XD model is bulkier and beefier than the earlier models and is highly suitable for people who look for trucks with ½ ton capacity.
There are many positives in the Nissan Titan XD model. The first in this regard is the engine that is used in the high duty pickup truck. The vehicle runs on 5.0liter Cummins V-8 engine. The engine comes with Bosch common-rail fuel system along with two-stage turbocharger arrangement. The engine has the capacity of producing 310 HP of energy and 555 lbs-feet of torque. The engine is coupled to 6-speed automatic transmission and hence the gear and speed shifts feel smooth and easy. Maximum payload of the vehicle is 2,091lbs; while the vehicle has maximum towing capacity of 12,314 lbs.
Chevrolet Silverado HD
Chevrolet has been manufacturing the Silverado HD pickups since quite a long time. For the latest Silverado HD model, Chevy has introduced a new diesel engine. The new engine that is installed in the pickup truck is a 6.6 liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 engine. This amazing engine has the capacity of producing 445 HP of energy and 910 lbs-feet of torque. The previous generation engine of the vehicle had some issues, but the new one is refined and smooth.
The new Chevrolet Silverado HD comes with strongly built but lightweight aluminum body. The beds in the pickup truck come with dual-level loading capability. Towing capacity of the Silverado 2500HD is about 18,100 lbs; while that of the 3500HD is around 23,300 lbs.
Summing it up
With so many options of diesel engines in pickup trucks, you can choose the one that matches your requirements the best. Along with engine, towing capacity, performance etc, the price of the vehicle has to be considered.