The new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is not suffering big changes compared to its predecessor. The new generation of the half-ton truck arrived this season and there is no need for the update yet. So, the company will make only small modifications. These won’t affect specs, fuel economy, or towing capacity of the Ram 1500 diesel truck, or any other version with a petrol engine.
The EcoDiesel engine is the latest addition to the Ram 1500 lineup. It is also a response to the release of Ford F-150 Powerstroke and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax drivetrains. Now, the diesel truck market is complete after many years. Toyota Tundra is yet to get a similar unit, but the Japanese company is not ready to join the party yet.
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Specs
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a 3.0-liter displacement capable to produce 260 horsepower. Also, the turbodiesel V6 unit delivers a class-leading torque – 480 pound-feet. This energy is good to improve the towing capacity to 12,600 lbs. Fuel economy numbers are not announced yet. Whatsoever, a diesel truck is consuming less than the petrol unit. A 3.6-liter V6 returns 22 mpg and the EcoDiesel could make 28-29 mpg combined. A V8 petrol engine is not the fuel-friendly powertrain.
The base price of the Ram 1500 remains the same. Well, most truckers will look for something more serious than the V6 unit (costs $33,500). There are two options – 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, or a V8. The larger gasoline version adds $2,500 to the base price.
On the other hand, the EcoDiesel is at a similar level. With the standard equipment and a destination fee, the truck will cost $35,600. The package includes two-wheel drive and the Tradesman trim level. The diesel engine is available with Quad Cab configuration. The company didn’t bring the complete price list and models we will see with this engine. Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, and Limited will definitely have it in their offer.
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Expectations
The release date of the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is not precise. The company told us that happens late this year. So, a couple of months more of waiting is ahead of fans. This version of the pickup will come out from Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Michigan). Diesel engines will come from Italy.
The truck is going to compete with Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500. FCA already made a strong impact with the premiere. Also, the Ram 1500 became the second best-selling truck in the US. Silverado dropped to number three. Ford F-150 is still untouchable. On the other hand, we will see how diesel will perform in the market. The company has big expectations.
Buyers are getting better fuel economy and towing capacity. On the other hand, diesel engines are dying and emission standards and efficiency requirements are harder to meet. Also, the entire industry is moving to the electric sources of power. Although greener, these engines can’t match the performances of the EcoDiesel unit and its excellent towing capacity.