Thanks to ace investigative reporting and insider connections by Motor Trend's Frank Markus, we were able to get some advanced information on the highly anticipated 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. As expected, output of the 3.0-liter VM Motori V-6 turbodiesel matches that of the engine as installed in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee , at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Although the output is the same between the two applications, specific calibrations between the two differ to better suit their unique duty cycles.

The other big piece of the puzzle that was not yet revealed by Chrysler is fuel economy. Because of its estimated 300-pound heavier weight, it's expected the Ram won't quite crest the 30-mpg highway mark, like the 2WD Grand Cherokee, but it's expected to surpass the already outstanding 25-mpg highway figure achieved by the Ram 1500 with the Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed transmission. A 28-mpg highway figure for the 2WD Ram EcoDiesel does not seem farfetched.

But perhaps even more important for the capability-obsessed pickup market is the substantial maximum towing capacity expected with the EcoDiesel. Again, specific figures were not disclosed, but Ram is not shy in saying that the EcoDiesel will far surpass its Eco-branded crosstown rival in fuel economy while towing. However, maximum towing capacity for Rams equipped with the EcoDiesel is unknown. Current maximum towing capacity for the Ram 1500 equipped with the Hemi V-8 is 10,450 lb.

Love it or hate it, the Ram diesel, like the majority of other diesels on the road today, has a urea selective-reduction catalyst system to help it meet NOx emissions standards. The size of the tank is optimized to coincide with routine maintenance stops, such as oil changes.

Chrysler promises key stats such as towing, fuel economy, option price, and more will be revealed in the weeks and months to come. We can't wait!