Pickup trucks do a lot of work around the farm, and often the 2500 and higher class is the first choice, but that line may be blurring as diesel power invades the half-ton market. Ram is pushing the envelope with a new engine in its new-styled 1500 series machines with the addition of a third-generation EcoDiesel engine.
Launched this week, the truck will offer 480 pounds-feet of torque in the 1500 class, half-ton market – Ford owners know this class as the 150. Ram is claiming its new machine will be the most capable in the class with the ability to tow 12,560 pounds.
This engine is being placed into the frame of the new-styled Ram, which includes a significantly upgraded interior that includes a wide range of comfort features, too. Driving the truck, as Farm Progress has done, is more like sitting in a rolling office, complete with comfy leather seating and a 12-inch center-console tablet-sized screen that offers a range of capabilities.
In launching the new engine, Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand, commented that the new 1500 EcoDiesel will be mated to the company’s eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain to provide higher fuel economy for buyers.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. The new trucks go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year and price will be available closer to market launch. Check out the gallery for more information about the new engine and the Ram 1500 that will carry this new machine.
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