The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was officially announced on Monday and it boasts some impressive numbers. At the top of the list is its 480 lb-ft of torque making it the highest torque half-ton diesel available.
Power for the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will come from a 3.0-liter V6 with 260 horsepower, which is an 8 percent increase over the last generation of the EcoDiesel V6. That maximum 480 lb-ft of torque comes in at 1,600 rpm and marks a 14 percent increase. This gives it a maximum tow rating of 12,560 pounds, beating out comparable trucks.
Ram made a number of changes to its engine in order to achieve these performance numbers and improve fuel economy. There’s a new-generation water-cooled turbocharger and redesigned cylinder head intake ports. The exhaust gas recirculation system was redesigned and the compression ration was optimized.
There are new high-pressure direct-injection fuel injector nozzles to work with a new combustion chamber and the lightweight aluminum alloy pistons were redesigned with thinner rings and a low-friction coating on the pin and side skirts. Noise, vibration, and harshness in this improved engine were reduced by offsetting the pin by .3 millimeters and the lower potion of the two-piece oil sump uses new materials to further improve NVH.
Lastly, the dual vacuum pump system uses electric and a new mechanical low-friction pump with new blades. It wasn’t one major change that lead to the improved performance, but a multitude of small ones that added up to make a big difference. This engine won’t be limited to just a few trims of the Ram 1500. It will be available across the lineup, including for the first time on the Ram Rebel.
Fuel economy is also one of the reasons many truck buyers choose to go with a diesel, but those numbers have not yet been released. Ram is confident on this front, stating that it expects this new engine to lead the segment.
This diesel lineup will have the same convenience features as the existing Ram 1500 range. This includes Uconnect 4C with a 12-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen and optional active-level four-corner suspension for an impressively smooth ride.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel won’t go on sale until the fourth quarter of this year, so pricing hasn’t been announced. Expect that information, along with fuel economy numbers, closer to the on-sale date.