We’ve Learned the Starting Price of Ram’s EcoDiesel Pickup Truck
We have learned that the 2020 Ram 1500 with the redesigned EcoDiesel powerplant will start at $38,585 (plus destination fee) when it goes on sale. The pricing was announced on August 16 (2019). The $38,585 starting price is for the Tradesman Quad Cab model with two-wheel drive.
The 3-liter EcoDiesel is an option with a $4,995 upcharge. The standard gasoline engine for the truck is the 3.6 L V6. The Ram1500 also has the option of a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 eTorque gasoline engine, depending on the trim level.
Ram redesigned the gasoline half-ton pickup in 2018. The redesign delayed the release of the diesel version for 2019. Other changes to the diesel engine included a new generation variable geometry turbocharger with lower friction bearings which promises better efficiency and response.
DESIGNED FOR TOWING
The new engine is the half-ton truck diesel for Ram’s third-generation. It is intended for towing and it produces up to 480 pound-feet of torque, which is the most in its segment. It has the highest half-ton diesel towing capacity at 12,560 pounds.
The engine produces up to 260 horsepower, which is an 8 percent increase over the previous generation. “Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability,” said Reid Bigland. Bigland is head of the Ram brand.
MPG TO COME
Ram has not yet provided fuel economy numbers for the new diesel. But the company said it would be competitive with the best vehicles in the segment. The EPA ranks the diesel version of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 as the most fuel-efficient light-duty truck on the market.
The Silverado achieves an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in highway driving and 23 mpg in the city when equipped with General Motors’ with a rear-wheel drive and a new 3-liter inline six-cylinder Duramax diesel engine. It’s the first diesel engine offered in a Chevy light-duty truck since 1997. Ford sells the most light-duty diesel pickups in the U.S., according to data collected by Alan Baum, an independent auto industry analyst.
The upgrade to Ram’s latest diesel engine includes a new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry which is more efficient. It provides an improved response since the engine RPMs rises and falls. The redesign intake of its ports improves the engine performance and the fuel economy.
Ram has a new dual, high-pressure and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system. It is a first for a diesel engine in North America. The technology improves fuel economy and lowers emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides, the automaker said. The redesigned aluminum-alloy pistons also improve fuel economy, and the redesigned pistons use thinner piston rings and a coating to reduce friction.
2019 Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab Expert Review
Ram is coincidentally selling two versions of the light-duty full-size pickup. One of the versions is the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. The other version is the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, which is a continuation of the “old” Ram which is aimed at commercial and entry-level buyers.
The KBB Expert Review focuses on the Ram 1500 Classic, which is still being built while the production of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 ramps up. If you’re looking to identify what a Ram 1500 Classic looks like quickly, the prominent crossbars in the grille will help with the distinction, and it’s something that the new Ram pickup doesn’t have. The Ram 1500 Classic is assembled in Warren, Michigan and the Regular Cab and some Crew Cab models come from Saltillo, Mexico.
The 1500 Classic has an available 2- or 4-wheel-drive model with three cabs and three-bed lengths: the regular Cab has an 8-foot or 6-foot 4-inch bed, the Quad Cab with a 6-foot 4-inch bed, and the Crew Cab has either a 5-foot 7-inch bed or a 6-foot 4-inch one. There are three powertrains available a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that returned 27 mpg on the highway. The coil-spring rear suspension delivers a smooth ride, and it weighs less than a typical leaf-spring arrangement, and that’s what helps set the Classic apart from its competitors such as the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado.
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