Ram Is Giving People A Diesel Half-Ton Truck For Significantly Less Than The Rest

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

When the new Ram 1500 was debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the manufacturer hinted that a diesel powertrain would be coming later. In June, Ram confirmed the third-generation EcoDiesel would indeed find service in the Ram 1500, but stopped short of giving any pricing information. But today, FCA has just announced that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will start at $36,890, significantly less than offerings from Ford and Chevrolet.

For comparison, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax has a base price of $44,540, while the 2020 Ford F-150 Powerstroke comes in at $45,775. That means that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is nearly $9,000 cheaper than its diesel equipped opponent from Ford, while still offering class-leading towing capability of 12,560 pounds. Very impressive.

2020 ram 1500

Thanks to the all-new 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel, the Ram leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 pound feet, and produces 260 horsepower. While the Ford produces slightly more horsepower, the Ram is sure to have enough grunt thanks to that diesel torque. Improvements over the second generation EcoDiesel include redesigned intake ports for improved engine performance and fuel economy, as well as a high-pressure and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, the first of its kind for a diesel engine in North America. Mileage figures have yet to be released, but are expected once the first date of sale approaches. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 for the Ram 1500 will be produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy.

According to the FCA press release, the EcoDiesel will be a $4,995 option, a $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 eTorque, or a $3,300 premium on Tradesman, Big Horn, Lone Star, and Laramie base models. For the first time, buyers will also have the option to spec a diesel engine in the Ram Rebel, a $3,300 upgrade over the standard motor. The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is also offered with the second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, with pricing starting at $39,140.

The idea of having a diesel engine in a half-ton pickup is enticing for a lot of buyers. It is hard to beat the sheer workhorse nature of a diesel, and the added fuel economy and towing capabilities don’t hurt either. The 2020 Ram 1500 family might already be the best group of half-tons you can buy right now, and it may have just gotten better.

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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