Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jeff asks: Are there any small, older pickups with diesel engines?
My reply: Yes, but you have to go way back. The Chevy Luv of the late ’70s through about 1980 (IIRC) was available with a diesel engine. Also, the Datsun 620 of the same era. VW also made a Rabbit pickup that could be ordered with a diesel engine. Again, same era.
Unfortunately nothing recent – not in the U.S.
The closest thing you can currently buy is the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon – which is a mid-sized truck, bordering on full-size because the diesel requires the four door bodystyle. It is a much larger truck than the compacts we’re talking about. Also – unfortunately – much more expensive. The same is true of the pending (2019) Ford Ranger, which is a much larger truck than the previous Ranger.
Diesels are making something of a comeback in full-size trucks. The current Ram 1500 offers one and both the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado will as well.
But – I’m with you – I’d really like to see a compact-sized truck with a diesel engine return to the U.S. market.
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