Posted on February 3, 2020 by Kelly Wilk
2020 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel for Sale | Mississauga, Brampton
Green Slow Down at Dodge
Pay no attention to the pick-up truck behind the green velvet curtain! However, just because it not ready to be unveiled by Dodge yet doesn’t mean we can’t rave about the reviews of the new 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel! Car and Driver has quickly put it through its paces and given us a good picture of what we can expect from this new green machine! Picture this, landscape swiftly racing by, nary a bump in the road and the gentle hum of a EcoDiesel engine under the hood with a fuel economy that can’t be beat. It is a timely vision of a brighter future that many of us are reaching towards and now Ram has hopped on that pick up truck. Fuel economy is a serious topic, it certainly is in my family and I imagine it is in most families. Our every day choices contribute to the effort to make consciously green decisions. Now with the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Ram hoping to make a good contribution to that directive. While they are still being waylaid by the EPA certification, talk about the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has been extremely positive when it comes to its fuel-economy. So folks in the Burlington, Barrie, Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton and Heartland let's just hope that it will arrive at your local dealership sooner rather than later.
So those are the rumours now lets talk facts. In the Car and Driver highway fuel-economy was a raving success by returning 24 mpg on the 75-mph highway. However that is even a more successful result when you consider the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in comparison to its counterpart the Ram 1500 Rebel, which has a 5.7 litre Hemi V-8 engine, only returned 18 mpg. It is amazing and pick up lovers are excited about the performance reviews for the 2020 Ram. However there is a hitch as they say in the master plan at Dodge Ram.
Both the Rebels trucks are off-road all-wheel-drive with the same final-drive ratios, tires, cab and bed configurations. However because of the slow down we may not see them for a while. Fiat Chrysler stated that they would be uncloaking the EcoDiesel before 2021 but in addition to EPA emissions test it still has to pass, its fuel-economy estimates are also outstanding. The reason is it is not possible to know if the engine calibration tested by Car and Driver will be the one that Ram will choose on for its final product.
However there are still some key components that we can discuss that are good to go. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel during the day to day driving the efficiency of the fuel economy should be evident, more so than when it heads out on the highway. In their testing the diesel powered Rebel averaged 20 mpg while the regular gas Ram running used a gallon every 14 miles. And if you and environmentally conscious cohorts are keeping tabs the promise of this new Ram the EcoDiesel engine is exciting.
There one thing that must be touched upon, because they have only tested the off-road Rebel, comparisons to the light-duty Ford F 150 Power Stroke don’t help much. While the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 has the option of the new GM 3.0 litre inline 6 diesel and garnered a 24 mpg rating from the EPA, which sounds like the diesel-equipped 4WD Sierra even given its two-inch increase in ride height and much larger off-road tires. With all the competitors that are around you can’t say that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel hasn’t come to go for the gold. As they have done what they hoped and built it not only better but stronger. The Ram can achieve 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, which much better than the 240 horses and 420 lb-ft. This is partly because of the increasingly efficient turbocharger. The engine has been through quite a redesign!
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesels engine has an iron block that is now 15-pounds lighter. The same successful 60-degree 3.0 litre V-6 configuration is used. Also just like other light-duty diesel truck engines you will get the benefits without the sound pollution. Some diesel engines make a lot of noise at a certain speed and with different weight of loads. ZF's eight-speed automatic is still the only transmission available. When testing the crew-cab Rebel the Ram EcoDiesel made it to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is 0.9 second faster than the Ram 1500 4x4 crew cab tested by Car and Driver in 2015. On the other hand the Hemi V-8 only needed 6.4 seconds to get over 60 mph. In terms of power Rams with EcoDiesels haul 12,560 pounds depending what formation they have, but the Rebel can haul 9590 pounds. The other thing that is worth mentioning is that the nearly identical yet more economical Hemi-powered Rebel hauls 11,340-pounds.
With all things considered however it has been agreed that Ram sweeps competition and has a 10 Best Winner. The inside has the same detailed finish and the standard coil-spring suspension and optional air springs still create a superior ride in amongst the other contestants. Not to mention the fact that the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes in every trim level from the Tradesman to the Limited. So the question remains when will Chrysler make the announcement? They have stated that it will start rolling out the Ram 1500 in 2020, but that is still based on the engine's federal certification, which may or may not agree with this. However if the production EcoDiesel can achieve Car and Driver’s fuel economy, the Ram EcoDiesel can be increasingly desirable. So we will just have to keep tabs on perspective news cooking up at Ram.