Looking for a torquey half-ton diesel? Ram has an answer.
With the other two-thirds of the Detroit Three offering 3.0L diesel mills in their half-ton pickups, FCA has taken the opportunity to boost output on its own six-pot oil burner. They’ve cranked the wick to 260 horsepower and 480lb.-ft of torque. Its hauling capability has also been jacked to a mighty 12,560 pounds.
“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, following up on Ram’s Heavy Duty torque leadership and achieving what no other manufacturer has, with up to 480 lb.-ft. of torque in a 3.0-liter engine,” said Reid Bigland. “The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers.”
The other big news? The new 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. That’s great news for gearheads like us who like to take their rigs out on the trail. Check out the hood badge below. For those keeping track, this is the Gen 3 EcoDiesel.
Several changes chip in to create the Gen 3 EcoDiesel’s improved performance, headlined by a new-generation turbocharger that’s water-cooled with a variable geometry turbine. Redesigned cylinder head intake ports improve swirl and flow, increasing performance and fuel economy.
Speaking of, the company is mum on efficiency ratings for now, but the old EcoDiesel is rated at a heady 27mpg on the highway cycle. Can FCA push that figure to 30mpg? We’ll have to wait and see. The old 1500 Classic continues to be offered with the Gen 2 EcoDiesel making the previous numbers and limited to a 9290lb towing capacity when properly equipped. If you want these impressive figures, you’ll need to pop for a new-style Ram 1500.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy. Pricing will be announced closer to the truck’s on-sale date.