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2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Announced With More Power, Huge Tow Ratings

Ram Continues To Impress With More Class Leading Numbers

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Ram is once again offering a diesel in its half-ton truck, and does so with gains in just about every measurable metric. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes in with a more robust 260 horsepower and a class-leading 480 lb-ft of torque, and will go on sale in Q4, 2019.

Along with class-leading torque, the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will have a class-leading diesel towing capacity of 12,560 pounds. That’s nearly 3,000 pounds more than the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax, or the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax. The F-150 Power Stroke is rated to tow 11,400 lbs. Numbers such as payload and fuel economy have not yet been disclosed. But the last Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was rated at 21 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway.

If you’re worried about being locked out of a half-ton Ram diesel truck because of rigid availability, don’t. The EcoDiesel V6 will be available on all Ram models and configurations, including the Ram Rebel for the first time, and even the last-generation Ram Classic. Even Ram’s trick air suspension system can be paired with the EcoDiesel engine.

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel represents the latest offering from a lineup that seems to be soaking up every award under the sun these days. And if diesel is not your thing, Ram offers a mild-hybrid model as well, cleverly named eTorque. Its most efficient configuration delivers 22 mpg combined, while its most powerful configuration can tow a superlative 12,750 lbs. That’s class-leading.

The new EcoDiesel engine is described as a “next-generation” variant compared to before, which FCA had to stop selling due to an environmental regulation settlement that led to over $300 million in fines. FCA officially admits to no wrongdoing, but also had to settle a $307 million class-action lawsuit filed by over 100,000 EcoDiesel owners. The engine was also featured in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2020 Ram 1500 is build in Sterling Heights, Michigan, while the EcoDiesel engine is built in Italy. Pricing will be announced closer to when the truck goes on sale later this year.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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