FCA made a huge move by introducing the EcoDiesel engine for the truck lineup. While fans and experts were talking about Ford and Chevy diesel pickups, Dodge Ram silently came but debuted with noise. Fans recognized the momentum and started buying more FCA trucks. Ram 1500 is now the second best-selling model in the lineup. Still, the F-150 is untouchable, with nearly a million sales per year. Nevertheless, we expect the 2021 Ram 1500 Diesel to come a step closer to the king of the half-ton class.
So, what is so special about the 2021 Ram 1500 Diesel? The EcoDiesel unit is increasing torque outputs and towing capacity. Even here, the Dodge Ram is better than Silverado 1500. Extra torque doesn’t require a new transmission. According to the latest rumors, FCA is considering to replace the AISIN gearbox with Allison transmission on the Ram 3500 HD truck.
2021 Ram 1500 Diesel Specs
The truck is still new and the COVID-19 pandemic is delaying most debuts planned for 2021. Nevertheless, the Ram 1500 will be there soon, with modest upgrades. The company will mostly change features for higher-end packages. The 2021 Ram 1500 Diesel engine continues to serve 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. It is enough for 12,500 pounds of towing capacity. An eight-speed gearbox is paired with the engine and sends power to rear or all wheels. If you are not a fan of diesel engines, there are two petrol setups available for the truck. The choice is between V6 and V8 units. Power outputs are between 305 and 395 hp, while torque is 270-410 lb-ft. A 5.7-liter engine can tow more than EcoDiesel (12,750 lbs).
2021 Ram 1500 Diesel vs Competition
The 2021 Ram 1500 Diesel is not the only truck with oil-burner under the hood. In the half-ton segment, there are also Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado 1500. All three vehicles are using a 3.0-liter displacement with similar outputs. Silverado steps out with 277 hp. But, converted in towing capacity, the pickup cannot pull more than 9,500 pounds. That is 3,000 pounds under Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and even more behind Ford F-150. However, all the companies are also competing in the heavy-duty segment, where their trucks can achieve 1,000 lb-ft of torque. We could see similar enhancements for the full-size models, which will result in different towing capacities. Updates are still unavailable. Prices are also in line for all three trucks. Trim levels will equip the cabin and exterior with more features, causing the MSRP to go up.
Release Date and Price
Speaking of price, the base configuration that involves the EcoDiesel engine will cost $5,000 over the base V6 gasoline configuration. It is also $3,500 more than the V8 this truck is also offering. The oil-burner is available for all trim levels. All-wheel drive for the 2021 Ram 1500 Diesel will cost you $3,500 more. So, a heavily-loaded truck which includes EcoDiesel engine, 4×4 drive, Limited package, and Long Bed, without optional upgrades, will cost from $63,000. The new edition of the pickup will be available for purchase in the last quarter of 2020.