What’s new with diesel trucks and SUVs in 2022? | News
If you’re a fan of diesel engines for their reliability, low-end torque and fuel efficiency on the highway, your world is shrinking in 2022. Diesel cars have disappeared from the US market and there are few SUVs and pickup trucks left. .
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Diesel continues to spit out as a higher mileage choice for passenger vehicles, thanks in part to a permanent black eye from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, as well as the global shift to electrification – from hybrid vehicles to fully electric vehicles – for fuel efficiency with lower or zero local emissions. Diesel news in recent years has mostly revolved around automakers ending the format for the US market. European automakers have ditched diesels here in recent years, and Mazda has pulled the plug on a short-lived diesel variant of the CX-5 compact SUV.
Here’s the diesel landscape for model year 2022 vehicles available to most consumers. Keep in mind that options for commercial-oriented customers, such as diesel-powered vans from GM and Daimler, aren’t covered here.
In a blow to light diesels, Ford dropped the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel option in July 2021 for its mega-selling F-150 pickup, passing the efficiency spotlight from the 2022 F-150 on the hybrid and future all-electric versions. The rugged F-Series Super Duty continues to offer a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 that develops 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. the Diesel Technology Forumprofessional pro-diesel group, speculated that the full-size Bronco and Expedition SUVs could get a diesel, but that seems even less likely after the F-150 dropped its option.
Jeeps and Rams
Jeep and Ram are home to parent automaker Stellantis’ diesel offerings. The Jeep Gladiator pickup and Wrangler Unlimited four-door SUV continue to offer the company’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, which produces 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Wrangler EPA rated 25 mpg combined beats combined mpg ratings for SUVs gasoline powertrains, although the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid also offers 21 miles of all-electric driving. (Such comparisons should also take into account the relative cost of diesel fuel compared to the 87 octane unleaded gasoline that most Wranglers accept.) The Diesel Technology Forum has speculated that the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs might offer a diesel option in addition to their low-mpg V-8s (EPA estimate 15 to 18 mpg combined), but nothing has been announced.
The regular-duty Ram 1500 pickup also has the EcoDiesel V6 option and produces the same 260 hp, but torque output is tuned to 480 lb-ft. That gives Ram bragging rights of 20 pound-feet of torque over the 3.0-liter diesel engines in rival automaker GM’s full-size pickup trucks. The maximum towing capacity of the Ram 1500 is 12,560 pounds and EPA rated mileage is 26 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive (24 mpg with four-wheel drive). EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option on all trim levels except the 1500, called Limited.
Ram’s 2500 and 3500 rugged pickups continue to offer two versions of a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel inline-six. A standard output version for the 2500 and 3500 produced 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque, while a high-output version for the 3500 produces 420 hp and a whopping 1,075 lb-ft of torque. Maximum towing capacity is 37,090 pounds for the Regular Cab 3500 with a gooseneck hitch and RWD.
Cadillacs, Chevrolets and GMCs
GM, the automaker behind Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC, continues to offer three diesels for its 2022 model year pickup trucks and full-size SUVs.
The associated Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 pickup trucks offer GM’s 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six, which develops 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. New for 2022 is a 4,000 pound increase in maximum towing capacity with this engine. Refinements to the diesel plus chassis now allow trucks to have the Max Trailering Package and other upgrades. That brings the maximum towing capacity to 13,300 pounds (Silverado) or 13,200 pounds (Sierra) — each up to 4,000 pounds — for RWD Double Cab versions with 20-inch wheels.
For 2021, GM has revamped its full-size SUVs with regular and stretched versions — the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV — that combine a common platform with variable luxury and features. to suit their brands and prices. All have the higher mileage option of the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine from the Silverado and Sierra pickups. Gain? the EPA rated combined mileage in the Escalade, for example, is 22 mpg (AWD) or 23 mpg (RWD) for the diesel, compared to 16 mpg for the SUV’s 6.2-liter gasoline V8. This is a free option on the base Escalade; for Chevy and GMC SUVs, the diesel is a mid-priced option between the base 5.3-liter gasoline V8 and the top-level 6.2-liter V8. (Another wrinkle in your decision: compared to the 6.2-liter V8, which recommends premium fuel, the cost of diesel can represent additional savings – but it’s likely to be more expensive than the 87-octane gasoline that GM recommends for the 5.3-liter V-8.)
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup siblings offer a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; he nets EPA rated mileage ratings of 22 mpg (4WD) or 23 mpg (two-wheel drive). Those ratings are 1mpg to 3mpg higher than pickup truck versions with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol or 3.6-liter V6, but the diesel also carries a substantial price premium of several thousand dollars. dollars over gasoline versions of the truck — and that’s also before you factor in the generally higher cost of diesel fuel.
Both 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty versions of GM’s Silverado and Sierra full-size pickups are available with GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8. Mated to a 10-speed automatic, it develops 445 hp and 910 pounds of torque, and it can tow up to 36,000 pounds in a 3500 regular cab with dual rear wheels and a gooseneck trailer hitch.
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