Auto123 is making a Top 10 Diesel Engine Model in Canada for 2021.
Since the Dieselgate scandal in 2015 highlighting the Volkswagen group’s cheating strategies to foil emissions tests, diesel engines have continued to lose ground on the North American market. Moreover, even the European continent is no exception to this trend, further proof that the engine invented by Rudolf Diesel is threatened with extinction in an era where electric power seems to be positioned as the alternative of choice in the automotive world.
We took a look at the entire Canadian auto industry – leaving out the commercial segment of course – to find that the Canadian diesel offering had nothing to do with 2015. In fact , if we combine related vehicles (like the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra for example), the list of vehicles available with a turbodiesel engine stops at ten! And as you will see, you have to like American trucks to set off again behind the wheel of a new vehicle equipped with a diesel engine.
Ram Heavy Duty
Ram (formerly Dodge) has been offering us its line of pickup trucks for work for a while now. The Ram Heavy Duty (or HD if you prefer) is not what you might call a general public vehicle, first of all because not everyone has to handle such a machine in heavy traffic. Do not think that it is impossible to drive, but at least you have to accept living with a bulky vehicle, endowed with a thirst for diesel and even with the comfort of a truck, very far from a Chrysler 300 for example!
But, to work, this hangman would be able to tow your house to the top of a mountain if you could! Here, the Cummins inline 6-cylinder turbodiesel engine develops an output of 370 horsepower (or 400 hp) and optimum torque of 850 lb-ft (or 1,000 lb-ft), depending on configuration.
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
The American manufacturer quickly understood that there was a market for light pickup trucks and turbo-diesel engines, which generally consume less fuel. This is how the V6 EcoDiesel appeared on board the previous generation Ram 1500.
The 3.0-liter V6 returned to the catalog in 2020, delivering 260 horsepower and typical diesel torque of 480 lb-ft. Additionally, when the vehicle is unloaded, it is capable of registering a combined fuel economy rating of 9.7 L / 100 km.
Chevrolet Silverado HD / GMC Sierra HD
At General Motors, the truck bias is always divided into two: on one side, we have Chevrolet and on the other, GMC. In this way, the manufacturer attracts two customers who are generally loyal to their respective badges.
The Heavy Duty offer has existed for a long time within the American brand as well. Like other HD pickups, Chevrolet and GMC also offer a gasoline V8, but for big jobs, nothing beats the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8, the 6.6-liter machine that delivers 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft. of couple.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 / GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax
The two GM brands were the latest to enter the dance of 6-cylinder turbodiesel powertrains for light pickup trucks. But, instead of imitating Ram and Ford with a 3.0-liter V6, GM preferred to take the avenue of a mechanical in-line 6-cylinder engine… with 3.0-liter displacement as well!
In this case, the Duramax block delivers an output of 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, statistics very similar to those of its two competitors in Detroit. Note that the average fuel consumption possible with either GM pickup truck is 9.9 liters per 100 km.
Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban, GMC Yukon / Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade / Escalade ESV
There was a time when GM offered turbodiesel mechanics on board its large stretched SUVs. This time, for the new vintage, the behemoths of the American giant can be ordered with the same 6-cylinder in-line as in the 1500 pickup trucks. This strategy will be expensive to buy, but for fuel economy, the turbo-diesel engine could pay off in the long run.
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Ford Série F Super Duty
The Dearborn builder also has a say in the big work pickup arena, with the Super Duty badge being the one we think of for towing, loading and everything else about a pickup in this class.
Here, too, the blue oval behemoth uses a turbodiesel V8 – dubbed Power Stroke – with a displacement of 6.7 liters with 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of maximum torque. As you can see, the numbers war is raging in this niche which caters to small and medium business owners.
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The term Power Stroke is also used under the hood of the more accessible F-150. Indeed, the manufacturer succumbed to the pressures just a few years ago by adding this 3.0-liter V6 delivering a power of 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. As with its direct competitors, the F-150 Power Stroke is capable of recording an average fuel consumption below 10 liters per 100 km, or 9.8 L / 100 km for the outgoing model.
Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel
Enthusiasts of off-road driving can now rejoice behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler equipped with a diesel engine. No surprise here, the manufacturer who gets the same EcoDiesel V6 bolted under the hood of the Ram 1500. Fuel economy is certainly a factor here, but for fans of the discipline, it’s mostly for the additional torque. that this turbodiesel V6 becomes interesting for maneuvers away from the bitumen.
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Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel
The same goes for the Jeep Wrangler-inspired van. With the exception of the chassis which differs between the two, we are talking about almost identical models, apart from the style.
The V6 EcoDiesel is the most recent engine available aboard the Gladiator… while waiting for the plug-in hybrid livery and maybe even a HEMI V8!
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Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon Duramax
We end this overview with the smallest turbo-diesel engine available in Canada. And it is still aboard a truck that this mill is found. The only four-cylinder engine available on this list, the 2.8-liter Duramax unit still delivers a sizable 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is, however, an expensive option aboard either of the manufacturer’s midsize pickups, which is why these diesel liveries are rare in the country. Note also that this engine is even available on board the model best suited for off-road driving, the Colorado ZR2.