Summer’s here, which means we’ve reached the midpoint of the year and can start looking ahead to the 2017 diesel truck models.

And while it’s tough to sort fact from rumor at this stage, it looks like the 2017 line of diesel trucks will pack more power than ever.

TheTopSpeed.com is even going as far as to suggest that the new 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7L V8 PowerStroke Turbo Diesel will have more than 500 horsepower and, get this, 1,000 pound-feet of torque. The 1,000 pound-feet of torque, at least coming from the factory, would have been unfathomable a few years ago, but apparently that’s what we could expect from this next line.

2017 Ford Super Duty Diesel

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According to Ford, the 6.7L PowerStroke Turbo Diesel will see an upgraded powertrain and feature a TorqShift 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and is the “smartest, most capable tow rig ever in a Super Duty.”

As it stands today, the Dodge Ram HD is the current frontrunner in the torque race with 900 pound-feet of torque. For 2017, it doesn’t sound like there will be massive changes to the Ram 3500 HD 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel engine, then again there haven’t been a ton of updates from the Ram camp so that remains to be seen. If anyone has updates on the 2017 model, please send them our way.

2017 Ram 3500

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In any case, expect the same power or even more from the Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel, which currently touts best-in-class max towing, according to Ram, with 900 pound-feet of maximum diesel torque and maximum towing capacity of over 31,000 pounds.

Not to be outdone, GM is set to roll out an upgraded 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HDs.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

Courtesy GMC

The 2017 Silverado HD will feature a new patented air intake system, according to Chevy, which will allow for cooler air to help “the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. Running cooler allows the Duramax diesel to maintain full power and vehicle speed for capable trailering in even the toughest conditions.”

According to Truck Trend, they’re “expecting the new 6.6L Duramax to easily top 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque” and “confident it will be the most powerful, most refined and most capable Duramax to date.”

2017 Chevy Silverado

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All in all, it looks like the entire diesel truck line for 2017 should bring plenty of power to the table.

We’ll be bringing you more details about the 2017 line of diesel trucks when launched later this year. In the meantime, share your thoughts with us on Facebook about next year’s models and the features that are announced as we get these trucks hitting the road.


2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel-2Is it just us, or is everyone turning to diesel these days?

Here in the U.S., Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are going diesel, equipping 2016 models with 2.8-liter, four-cylinder Duramax diesel engines that will push 30 mpg.

And Chevy/GMC marketers apparently can’t wait to steal the “best fuel economy of any full-size pickup” label away from Ram, despite the fact it’s not exactly a “full size”

Then there’s word of foreign counterparts Nissan and Toyota going diesel as well?

First there’s the “American” (again, those marketers like to have fun) Cummins-powered 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel Titan XD due out next year. According to Nissan’s marketing copywriter, it’s “designed in California, engineered in Michigan, tested in Arizona, built in Mississippi, powered by Indiana and Tennessee…”

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel-1Woah, that does sound All-American all of a sudden.

Then there’s rumors, well, at this point we’re still calling them rumors until there’s proof on the Toyota website, but it appears Toyota is trying to bring a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel Tundra to a dealer near you in the next year. That’s if the EPA allows it.

EPA signoff or not, clean diesel is definitely making a move in North America.

“Over the last 5 years the new registrations of clean diesel vehicles have increased more than 16 percent year over year in the U.S. and Canada and in 2014 alone there were 16 new diesel launches in North America,” says Bernd Boisten, regional president, Diesel Systems North America, Robert Bosch LLC. “The diesel share will continue to grow as consumers experience the economic and environmental benefits of clean diesels in real world driving.”

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel-3So what does this all mean?

Well, it appears automakers are gearing up for 2025, when they’ll have to meet (or at least get closer to) the new 54.5 mpg CAFÉ fleet mileage regulations, which is laughable as it stands now.

That said, Ram 1500 with the 3.0L turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 is getting there at 28 mph highway – but doubling that number and trying to keep up any power is going to be impossible.

Either way, take the growing diesel trend as good news knowing diesel is here to stay, and more and more dealers – not to mention regulators – are going to have to meet the needs of diesel truck drivers as we move forward.

Here’s to more diesel on the road, and off!

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