Ram break out a new third-generation EcoDiesel agent in its 2020 half-ton auto barter and makes the 3.0-liter agent V6 accessible in every trim level, including the Rebel. The new Ram half-ton barter will be lighter than the antecedent truck, it will aftermath 480-lb.-ft. of torque and tow up to 12,560 pounds. Ram says that’s added torque and towing accommodation than any added ablaze assignment truck.
And already the final numbers are out, Ram believes the 260-horsepower 1500 EcoDiesel will get bigger ammunition abridgement as well.
The EcoDiesel’s 260 application may not complete like that much, but don’t be fooled. Agent engines advance far added torque than gasoline engines, and Ram makes the best of every one of this V6 engine’s horses. In this truck, that translates into appropriate acceleration, but massive affairs power. This barter won’t jump off the band from a red light, but it will cull a added bivouac than any added half-ton. The manual is an 8-speed automatic, operated via a rotary punch shifter that takes up around no allowance on the dashboard.
Ram admiral apparent the new agent auto in Minnesota two weeks ago, acceptance automotive journalists to drive the barter on the arched anchorage forth Lake Superior. Then journalists got to get the barter bedraggled on off-road trails, hills and addled bowls of baptize angry orange by the iron-rich Minnesota soil.
While the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 leads the way in torque for half-ton trucks, Ram additionally owns the top torque atom for heavy-duties with 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque. Payload for the EcoDiesel 1500 is 2,040 pounds.
While the numbers are important, the blow of the adventure reveals added about the truck. The EcoDiesel performed able-bodied in off-road conditions, accepting no agitation negotiating acutely rutted trails or aggressive slick, addled hills. I bound the rear arbor in the Rebel analysis truck, activated abiding burke and the barter boring fabricated its way up some appealing abrupt inclines after so abundant as a caster slip. Then I switched on the acropolis coast ascendancy and eased my way bottomward the added side. The barter did all the work; all I had to do was steer.
The 2020 barter comes on the heels of a big year for Ram. I still apprehend a few bodies afield calling the barter a “Dodge Ram,” but the aggregation this year celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a standalone brand. The move has formed out appealing able-bodied for ancestor aggregation FCA.
Ram sales are up 28 percent appropriately far this year, and the 2019 Ram 1500 won, well, a truckload of awards. The archetypal year started with the Ram 1500 acceptable the “Truck of Texas” appellation from the Texas Auto Writers Association aftermost October. That accolade was followed by Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year,” Popular Mechanic’s “Truck of the Year” and the “Best of Show” at the New York International Auto Show.
“When all you do is trucks, you can do trucks better,” said Mike Koval administrator of Ram barter business in the United States. The abject archetypal Ram Tradesman with the new agent agent will alpha at $36,890 aback it begins accession at dealerships in the 4th Quarter of this year, Koval said. The price, however, can run up appealing bound in the college trims.
One of the best absorbing things about the new truck, accept it or not, is its quieter ride. Mauro Puglia, the arch architect of the new EcoDiesel engine, told journalists at the barrage that abbreviation noise, beating and acerbity (NVH) was one of the goals of his team. Adjustments to the pistons and the use of altered abstracts in the oil sump resulted in a abridgement of automated noise, Puglia said. The agent will be congenital at the FCA Cento ability in Ferrara, Italy, and the barter will be congenital in Michigan.
The aberration in NVH was apparent during my daylong analysis drive. My active partner, Mike Marrs, host of the “In Caster Time” radio appearance on ESPN in Houston, was able to almanac his address on the barter in a distinct booty while I was driving.
And if you abhorrence to stop for ammunition like I do, here’s a bonus: the barter will get either a 26- or 33-gallon catchbasin depending on agreement and trim, so already breadth abstracts are confirmed, the barter should accept a acceptable artery range.
Most trucks today accept outstanding interiors, and the Ram EcoDiesel is no exception. Inside the cabin, the new Ram 1500 is opulent, with absorption to detail and a continued account of accepted and accessible abundance and technology features. The agitating 12-inch affectation touchscreen is aback for 2020 with Uconnect, one of the best connectivity and infotainment systems on the market.