The 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel is in the developing stage and it will hit the dealerships in the third quarter of 2019. In taking the place of the standard alternator, the 2018 Ram 1500’s eTorque system offers a ten-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, along with the conventional lead-acid battery. For the 2019 model year, the body of the Ram 1500 is the model for efficiency through engineering. Due to the Ram’s innovative multi-link coil and solid-rear axle arrangement, frequency response damping shock absorbers, and the enhanced aerodynamics, the smaller electric motor delivers more refined and smoother gear shifts. Also, the Ram 1500 sheds about 225 pounds thanks to those improved aerodynamics, and with a towing capacity of nearly 13,000 pounds, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 certainly doesn’t sacrifice capabilities either. All-in-all, it’s clear why the 2019 Ram 1500 wins the title as the most efficient full-size pickup truck on the market.
The Big Horn
The Big Horn is a significant jump up in equipment and features from Ram 1500 Express. The Big Horn adds premier cloth upholstery, a power 10-way driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, one 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, and auto-dimming exterior and rear mirrors. You’ll also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power door locks, power windows, 9006 led bulb white lighting, premier door trim, and an overhead console with a universal garage door opener and temperature and compass gauge.
Ram’s new, turbocharged, 3.0-liter diesel V6 produces 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which arrives at just 1,600 rpm. These represent decent increases of 20 horsepower and 60 pound-feet over the last-generation Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Ram hasn’t released fuel economy estimates just yet but says the EcoDiesel engine “is expected to lead the segment on fuel economy,” according to a statement. The last Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was rated at 21 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway.
That the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel returned 24 mpg in our 75-mph, 200-mile highway fuel-economy test is remarkable by itself. But when considered against the 18 mpg returned by its counterpart, the Ram 1500 Rebel equipped with a gasoline-burning 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the diesel is truly compelling. Its fuel economy number, however, comes with at least one caveat.
V8 Torque System
Furthermore, when the 2019 Ram 1500 is loaded by the more powerful 5.7-liter V8 eTorque system, the EPA figures show 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined – once in two-wheel-drive. Clearly, the numbers decrease a little bit and are still good. Fortunately, because of the mild-hybrid capabilities of the 48-volt system, the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque system essentially combines the advantages of idling on battery power when the engine is on and the effortless acceleration of an electric motor before slowly transitioning to all-gas power.
The all-new fifth-gen Ram 1500 is ready for 2019 season. Well, the new diesel engine is still waiting for the certification from EPA. Big emission scandal is slowing down the process. Also, new regulations could cause further delay. So, the new engine might debut in 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel. Nevertheless, the FCA must react fast to keep up with its archrivals.