Ram Truck announced pricing for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel engine starting at $36,890 MSRP for the Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD, plus $1,695 destination. The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, or $3,000 premium over the 5.7L HEMI V-8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel, and Laramie base models).
“The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers the best torque and towing among all 1/2-ton diesel trucks,” said Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand. “Now with a 10-year track record, the Ram brand has emerged as a truck powertrain technology leader. Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability and is truly in a class of its own.”
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available across all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is also offered with the second-generation 3.0L EcoDiesel. Pricing for the Ram 1500 Classic EcoDiesel (Crew Cab 4x2) starts at $39,140, plus destination.
Fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to when trucks go on sale early in the fourth quarter of this year.
The third generation of the turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with improved fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners, according to the truckmaker. In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14% increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6, which peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8% to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm.
Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved dynamic and fuel economy performance, including a new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry, redesigned intake ports to improve engine performance and fuel economy, and the introduction of a dual, high-pressure and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, a first for a diesel engine in North America.
The EcoDiesel's existing high-pressure EGR, with cooling exhaust gases drawn from the exhaust manifold, is augmented with a low-pressure EGR system that draws exhaust gases after they exit the diesel particulate filter. The addition of cooler, low-pressure exhaust gas makes a significant contribution to improved fuel economy and lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The compression ratio is changed to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1, which helps reduce exhaust emissions, particularly NOx
Additional enhancements include redesigned high-pressure (29,000 psi/2,000 bar) direct-injection fuel injector nozzles, combustion chamber geometry optimized to improve fuel economy, and redesigned aluminum-alloy pistons improve fuel economy. The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system is also 50% larger and incorporates a new-generation diesel oxidation catalyst with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system to reduce NOx
The 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy.