When you hear the term ‘diesel’ what comes to your mind first? Is it a big truck that can tow, or how about a big semi-truck that hauls coast to coast? Most of us don’t first think about a smaller truck or SUV that has a diesel engine, but they are becoming more popular from the American automakers. Diesels are very efficient, whether in a naturally aspirated or a turbocharged configuration, and offer good power for their size. Diesel engine oil for trucks isn’t just for the heavy haulers anymore. Read on.
Our European counterparts have enjoyed the access to clean diesel technology for years, in every form of vehicle possible. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Range Rover, Jaguar, and Peugeot have diesel options, and the diesel market makes up almost 50% of all new vehicles sold in Europe. With similar options joining the market in the United States, AMSOIL has created a new synthetic oil perfect for smaller diesels in the latest American compact vehicles.
The Americans Are Coming!
Most Americans are familiar with the heavy hitters in the diesel trucks. The Chevrolet 2500HD / 3500HD series, the Dodge Ram lineup, and the Ford Super-Duty make up the bulk of the American large diesel for the ¾-ton and 1-ton category. They offer a massive amount of torque with a six- or seven-liter turbocharged engine capable of hauling trailers with boats, trucks, equipment, and cars.
In the last year, and the coming new year, you are going to see a renaissance of smaller diesel engines in models from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Jeep, and Land Rover (which uses the Ford engine). Each model will offer a small but powerful diesel in many of their smaller cars and SUVs. Chevrolet will be showcasing a 2.8-liter diesel in their Colorado mid-size trucks, their Express vans, and GMC will follow suit with a Canyon mid-size truck and Savana van. The Silverado, Sierra, and Yukon line of larger trucks and SUVs will also feature an inline 6-cylinder diesel perfect for lighter towing and stop and go traffic. Ford and Land Rover are bringing a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with their latest offerings, and Jeep Wrangler will feature another turbocharged V6. Dodge will bring a similar small diesel engine to the Ram truck too.
Why Are Automakers Adding Smaller Diesels?
You might ask why smaller vehicles are starting to add a diesel option. What these smaller versions are designed for? Diesels offer excellent fuel mileage, and low-end torque compared to their gasoline counterparts. Off-road enthusiasts want the torque for trail climbing, running through the desert, etc. The smaller diesel engines can also tow a medium-sized load. These new smaller trucks and SUVs offer excellent fuel mileage for daily commuting. With such a vehicle, you can drive to the office during the week, yet play off-road on the weekends.
What is Different with AMSOIL’s New Smaller Diesel Synthetic Oil?
AMSOIL recently released two new synthetic oils specifically formulated for these smaller diesels. Most of the larger diesel engines, whether in passenger trucks or semi-trucks, require DEF fluid to minimize emissions. These smaller diesels often don’t need DEF fluid or utilize a diesel particulate filter in their exhaust system. That means AMSOIL’s Signature Series Max-Duty and Heavy-Duty synthetic diesel engine oil may not be well-suited for stop-and-go daily driving.
Consequently, AMSOIL formulated two new viscosities for smaller diesel engines: an SAE 0W20 and an SAE 5W30. Both formulations offer 6X more wear protection than required by a leading industry standard. Also, they retain viscosity for added engine protection and increased fuel economy. These two new options for smaller diesel engines excel in hot and cold temperature extremes. Likewise, they don’t contribute to oil consumption issues seen in larger diesels. These new synthetic oil options offer a great upgrade over conventional, synthetic-blend or competing synthetic diesel oils. An added benefit is that they don’t change the maintenance schedule for your smaller diesel. The diesel engine oil and filter should be changed at the OEM drain intervals.
Keeping your smaller diesel engine well maintained doesn’t have to be complicated. Choosing the right oil and associated products can make a dramatic difference keeping your vehicle running smoothly long past the factory warranty.
Buy Great Oil is here to help organize and keep track of your complete maintenance costs for your smaller diesel vehicles. If you’re unsure about which AMSOIL product is best, feel free to drop us a line. We can help with the products that best fit your requirements because we are your local AMSOIL dealer.