Critics are finally getting their first chance to get up close and personal with the upcoming 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. This isn’t Ram’s first foray into the EcoDiesel trim, but it is the first for the latest-generation model with 80 percent new parts. With 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, the EcoDiesel engine bests both Ford’s PowerStroke engine and GM’s Duramax engine, effectively leading the half-ton class in torque. Let’s break down what sets the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel apart from the rest of the lineup.
On the outside, the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel does not have any substantial changes from its Pentastar V6 and HEMI V8 gas-powered brethren. The only distinction on the exterior is that the “1500” badge also features the words “EcoDiesel” right below it. The EcoDiesel powertrain is available across the entire Ram 1500 lineup regardless of trim or configuration. Crew Cab and Quad Cab models, whether they’re 4×2 or 4×4, all offer the EcoDiesel powertrain as an option.
A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) subsidiary — VM Motori — is tasked with building the EcoDiesel engines in Italy. Once finished, Ram will assemble the finished pickup at its assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Although it is a new generation, Ram still makes the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with a compacted graphite iron block and aluminum cylinder heads. Ram also changed the engine’s compression ratio from 16.5:1 to 16:1, updated the exhaust gas circulation and fitted a new water-cooler turbocharger as well.
With torque output increasing over 14 percent, the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 will prove more efficient when it comes to towing or hauling. The old-generation EcoDiesel couldn’t even manage to tow 10,000 pounds, but the new-generation engine has been rated at 12,560 — a best-in-class figure for the highest diesel tow rating. Diesel engines tend to be popular in the heavy-duty Ram models, but for a long time, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had the half-ton diesel pickup segment to itself. Emissions certification problems required an overhaul, but the 2020 EcoDiesel is aiming to come back better than ever. Consumers will soon be able to opt for this impressive and powerful powertrain in the coming months.
Diesel engines are notorious for their longevity and impressive fuel economy ratings, while the abundant torque makes hauling and towing feel effortless. There aren’t any solid figures available yet in terms of fuel economy for this second-generation EcoDiesel engine, but the previous one delivered significant gains when compared to the gas-powered engines. Ram waited sometime before releasing this engine, but with its best-in-class figures and the EcoDiesel’s track record, we don’t doubt that the brand will come out on top.
Although the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel hasn’t arrived in dealer lots just yet, pass by Miami Lakes AutoMall and check out the new generation Ram 1500. We’re sure that once you experience the luxurious cabin along with its efficient and powerful engine you’ll understand why MotorTrend named the 2019 Ram 1500 the Truck of the Year. Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to be the first to know when the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel makes its way to our lot.