Things are cooling down in the truck market after huge announcements from big three companies. All of the best-selling trucks are coming with diesel engines next season. While the Ford F-150 was announced earlier, we could know Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 must respond. And this happened. All three models were presented at Detroit’s Auto Show in 2018 as the 2019 year models. Now, the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel must raise the bar to new levels. The pickup must add more features and options to make it more appealing and attractive.
The presentation of the Ram 1500 diesel is probably the winner of the battle in full-size segment. While everyone expected from Ford to dominate with its F-150, Ram stole the show in Detroit. The new diesel vehicle starred during the halftime show during Superbowl. All in all, expectations are big, and 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel will fix all lacks of its predecessor.
A full-size truck will take advantage of the development of next-gen HD pickups. A heavy-duty Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are about to appear in a couple of months with new engine blocks. Its smaller sibling could use the benefits of this process by borrowing some solutions and technologies.
Delay In Production
The all-new fifth-gen Ram 1500 is ready for 2019 season. Well, the new diesel engine is still waiting for the certification from EPA. Big emission scandal is slowing down the process. Also, new regulations could cause further delay. So, the new engine might debut in 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel. Nevertheless, the FCA must react fast to keep up with its archrivals.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel will be a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. This unit is already available for some models of Jeep Wrangler. For the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel, the unit will be slightly downsized. Currently, it produces 260 hp. The truck might get a version with 250 ponies. On the other hand, engineers will work on torque improvements. Wrangler is offering 442 pound-feet, while the truck will aim 450 lb-ft output. An eight-speed automatic transmission routes energy to wheels. Diesel, as its petrol models, will distribute power to two or all wheels.
Mileage, Towing Capacity
Two main advantages of the diesel engines are better MPG rating and towing capacity. Well, these units might be more durable as well, but it is not always the case. The new generation of the Ram 1500 will get small improvements on gas mileage, but huger fuel economy boost comes with 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel. Well, we must wait for details until the FCA gets a clearance from EPA. Meanwhile, experts tried to predict fuel economy by using Wrangler 4×4 crossover. It is hard to say because the truck will be much heavier. On the other hand, prediction goes around 24-25 mpg combined for the new unit.
Towing capacity of the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel will definitely be higher than for the base model with the 3.6-liter engine. A turbodiesel unit can tow around 8,500 pounds. However, this is still way behind 11,000 pounds top of the line model with Hemi engine is capable to haul. Some special equipment will raise the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel towing capacity, but it won’t go over 9,500 lbs.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel More Options and Features
Ram trucks are well-known for its wide choice of trim levels and additional packages. Well, the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel is not going to be available in all trim levels the truck is coming out. In the matter of fact, we still don’t know all models the next-gen pickup is going to present. Furthermore, there is always a chance for updates and special editions. For 2019, that is already Kentucky Derby, while earlier we had Harvest and Night.
One of the first updates in the new generation will be the appearance of the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel. For this model, the company must prepare something new and unique. More trims are definitely part of the renewal.
The entry-level 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel will come in Tradesman variant. Also, buyers which declare for this kind of engine will find it in Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited models. Some trims, such as Rebel, comes exclusively with big 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel Limited
The best model you can get without petrol unit is 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Diesel. This is not the most expensive version by chance. The highlight of the current edition is a huge 12-inch touchscreen display. The company announced they will use a new durable glass which reacts faster to touch. Also, the infotainment system is getting another update. Each new edition must keep up the pace with modern trends, especially the top of the class models, such as 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Limited Diesel. Of course, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. Premium audio system and wireless charging are other features which can convince you to opt for this special edition.
2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel Release Date
While the FCA is still waiting for emission clearance from EPA, fans are eager to find out more info about the truck. It is presented, so the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel only waits for sales to start. This will happen as soon as EPA gives a green light. That could happen later today, tomorrow, or in a few months. However, experts are sure it is just a matter of time when the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel is going to hit dealerships.
The base price for the new 2019 Ram 1500 is $31,000. For the next edition, the company is not going to chance it. But, we still don’t have info about the Diesel version. However, previously, diesel engine added around $5,000. New tuning and tough competition is not allowing the new 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel to start from $36,000. The company must cut the price to $35,000 maximum. On the other hand, a heavily-packed Limited truck is going to cost around $60k. With some upgrades, the price is even higher. A mid-range section will offer pickups between $40,000 and $50,000.
It is not hard to guess two main rivals of the 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel. Ford F-150 is coming into 2019 season with a diesel unit which will get updates for the following year. Also, Chevy launched Silverado 1500 diesel with a Duramax engine that has similar capabilities as the Ram’s half-ton truck.