The redesigned 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck will start at $38,585 when it goes on sale later this year.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the pricing, which includes the destination fee, Friday.
The starting price is for the two-wheel-drive Tradesman Quad Cab Ram truck model. Higher trim levels cost more.
The 3-liter EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option over the truck’s standard gasoline engine. It carries a $3,000 to $3,300 premium over Ram trucks equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 eTorque gasoline engine, depending on the trim level.
Ram redesigned its gasoline half-ton pickup in 2018 but delayed releasing the diesel version until this year. It will continue to sell the current diesel model through this year and possibly into next year, Ram executives said.
Pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic EcoDiesel starts at $40,835, including the destination fee. But that truck is a four-wheel-drive crew cab.
DESIGNED FOR TOWING
The new engine is Ram’s third-generation half-ton truck diesel. It is designed for towing and produces up to 480 pound-feet of torque, the most in the segment. It also has the highest half-ton diesel towing capacity – 12,560 pounds. The engine produces up to 260 horsepower, an 8 percent increase over the previous generation.
“Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability,” said Reid Bigland, who heads the Ram brand.
MPG TO COME
Ram has not yet provided fuel economy numbers for the new diesel. But the company said it will 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’ new 3-liter inline six-cylinder Duramax diesel engine and rear-wheel drive. The diesel engine is the first 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 automakers don’t generally break out truck sales by engine types.
The improvements to Ram’s latest diesel engine include:
- A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry is more efficient. It also provides an improved response as engine RPMs rise and fall.
- Redesigned intake ports to improve engine performance and 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. The redesigned pistons use thinner piston rings and a coating to reduce friction.