Take a look at Drive: 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers spectacular energy and gasoline financial system

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

And diesel for all.

Following a three-year hiatus and allegations of emissions dishonest, each truck from the 2020 Ram 1500 line-up is once more accessible with the brand new, extra highly effective, extra gasoline environment friendly third era 3.Zero-liter EcoDiesel.

The V6 oil burner twists out 480 lb.-ft. torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 p.c enhance from its prior iteration, giving it class-leading torque in a half-ton diesel. Horsepower is up eight p.c to 260.

Ram will get best-in-class towing at 12,560 kilos in comparison with 11,400 kilos for the 2019 Ford F-150 3.Zero-liter PowerStroke diesel (440 lb.-ft. torque) and 9,300 kilos within the 2020 Chevy Silverado 3.Zero-liter Duramax diesel (460 lb.-ft. torque).

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can tow 340 extra kilos than the 5/Eight-ton 2019 Titan XD 5.Zero-liter Cummins diesel (yet one more punch to Nissan which is nixing diesel from its 2020 lineup). Apparently sufficient, the 2020 Ram 1500 gasser with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 can out-tow them each at 12,750 kilos.

Ram credit the improved efficiency of its third gen EcoDiesel to a number of modifications together with a new-generation water-cooled turbocharger, redesigned consumption ports, a twin high- and low-pressure EGR system, new 16.Zero:1 compression ratio (from 16.5:1) and redesigned aluminum alloy pistons.

The 2020 Ram 3.Zero-liter EcoDiesel gives best-in-class torque at 480 lb.-ft.

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel mated to an Eight-speed Torqueflite computerized transmission proved spectacular throughout a current check drive occasion in Gilbert, Minnesota. Whereas towing two Yamaha YXZ side-by-sides on a tandem flatbed (roughly 5,00Zero kilos), the 4×4 Laramie Longhorn (ahhh…the odor of leather-based) accelerated shortly in metropolis and freeway visitors, dealt with its load confidently and stopped on a dime. Based on Ram’s journey odometer, the truck averaged 14.7 mpg in the course of the 12-mile run.

I used to be particularly within the 2020 Ram Insurgent which for the primary time can now be optioned with a diesel engine. With 4×4 low engaged and the digital rear axle locking differential turned on with the push of a button, the truck ate up some robust terrain together with a 30-degree hill climb on the Iron Vary Off-Freeway Car State Recreation Space. Little doubt, diesel induces confidence—each on and off-road.

2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman

Lastly, as a result of Ram expects to get best-in-class gasoline financial system with its newest EcoDiesel, I needed to drive their finest gasoline sipper—a 2020 Ram 1500 4×2 Tradesman Quad Cab with a 3.21 rear axle (3.92 is the opposite possibility). The hills alongside Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. could be robust and demand heavy throttling at occasions.

Throughout a 30-mile, round-trip run on Interstate 35 the truck averaged 31 mpg with the air con going full blast, the tailgate up and the aspect mirrors folded out. Subsequent time I’ll go for the chassis solely, skip lunch and depart the spare behind. In all seriousness, I’m conflicted about hypermiling. Whereas enjoyable and difficult, few pickup drivers right here within the South will drive with out their A/C on throughout summer time or simply about another season.

2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman inside

Gas financial system is the place it will get attention-grabbing. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 3.Zero-liter Duramax delivers an EPA-estimated 33 mpg, to date the most effective gasoline financial system in a half-ton truck. However Ram’s not completed but.

“The all-new third era 3.Zero-liter V6 EcoDiesel can also be anticipated to guide the phase on gasoline financial system,” the automaker states in a press launch.

We’ll have to attend and see. Within the meantime, costs have been launched. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel begins at $36,890 (Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab), plus $1,695 vacation spot. EcoDiesel is a $4,995 possibility, or $3,00Zero premium over the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Large Horn/Lone Star, Insurgent and Laramie base fashions). Third-gen Ram EcoDiesel vans are anticipated to go on sale within the fourth quarter.

The second-gen 3.Zero-liter EcoDiesel remains to be accessible within the 2019 Ram 1500 Basic.

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn interior

2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn inside