The Ram 1500 was up until recently the only light-duty truck with the diesel engine in the equipment list but the recently all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Canyon, as well as the newest Ford F-150, can now be had with the oil burners. The newest generation Ram 150 debuted for the 2019 model year but the reworked EcoDiesel wasn’t ready for the fifth-gen, half-ton Ram’s initial year. The upgraded 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel revealed, however, its secrets recently and it boasts some class-leading ratings.
The latest light-duty Ram comes again with multiple styles and trim options and good news are that diesel unit will be available from the base Tradesman trim. However, the new-generation EcoDiesel will be a pricey option but will provide the class with best-towing capability and torque. Being available from the base trim while the rivals will offer diesel-powered versions in the upper grades, the Ram 1500 Diesel will be available as the most affordable light-duty truck in the segment.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel: Performance
After a year of absence for the 2019 model, the new generation EcoDiesel returns with the 2020 version and challenges the rivals with the class’s best torque, towing and price.
The 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel comes with the third-generation 3.0-liter Eco Diesel engine capable of producing 260 hp and max torque of 480 pound-feet. With 260 hp at the disposal, the EcoDiesel beats Ford’s PowerStroke V-6 Diesel which makes 250 hp but stays behind the GM’s Duramax Diesel unit which delivers the class-leading 277 hp.
However, the new Ram 1500 Diesel is at the class top where it is more important. The redesigned EcoDiesel turbodiesel engine delivers a peak torque of 480 pound-feet leaving behind the Chevy Silverado Duramax diesel making 460 pound-feet and Ford F-150 Power Stroke V-6 delivering 440 pound-feet of torque.
The best in class torque reflecting also on the towing capability and the Ram 1500 Diesel claims also the class top trailering capability of 12, 560 pounds. The Ford F-150 follows with towing limit at 11, 400 pounds while Chevy Silverado 1500 is at low 9, 300 pounds.
At the next competition level, the efficiency, Chevy takes the title with up to 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highways with the rear-wheel drive. A 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel manages up to 22 mpg city and 32 highways with the power on the rear wheels. Ford falls behind the competition with 23 mpg city and up to 30 mpg highways.
When equipped with the four-wheel drive, the EcoDiesel-powered Ram earns 21 mpg city and 29 highways. The Chevy Silverado manages 23/29 mpg city/highway while Ford’s PowerStroke V-6 4×4 returns 22/25 mpg city/highway.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel: Design, Interior, Equipment
The 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel and other variants return with the same styling and interior as the previous version.
The diesel unit will be available in all trims including also the off-road-ready Ram Rebel. Depending on the chosen trim, the truck will come with the black, body-color or chrome bumpers. The grille design and finish will change for almost every version. There will be also various wheel options starting from the 18-inch units and up to 22 inches.
The cabin of the model will also repeat the current form. The model will provide better comfort than generations before and modern tech features.
There will be various material and texture options with premium leather in the top grades combined with heated and ventilated seats. Buyers will also choose between several infotainment setups and can opt for the class’s largest 12.0-inch center display.
The newest Ram 1500 will also rely on the latest active safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, active lane control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, parking assist and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert. Most of the advanced safety equipment will be available on the Laramie and upper grades.
2020 Ram 1500 Diesel: Release, Price
The 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel will be available later in the year. The most affordable diesel-powered Ram 1500 Tradesman 2×2 will start the range at 38, 500. The engine will available in all trims with the cost of $3,000 above the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Duramax will cost from about $45, 700. The Ford F-150 PowerStroke will be available from $46, 900.