By on August 16, 2019

Fresh off giving Chevy a good drubbing in the American sales race, Ram has announced pricing for its new batch of EcoDiesel half-ton pickup trucks.

We’ll save you a click and tell you above the fold that the cheapest way to get into a new Ram EcoDiesel is by way of two-wheel drive Tradesman wearing Quad Cab clothes. That truck stickers for $36,890 plus destination. There’s more to it than that, of course, so you’ll want to hit the jump to learn why Ram feels the need to offer not one but two different EcoDiesels in their showrooms at the same time.

Alert readers will be aware that Ram is selling its new and old 1500 half-tons side by each, a decision that has rewarded them with sales prowess over their crosstown rivals at Chevy. Thing is, the new Gen3 engine will not be fitted to the old truck — for reasons that should be quite clear — which soldiers on with the Gen2 EcoDiesel. That mill makes significantly different power numbers than the Gen3, so it would behoove the smart shopper to carefully investigate any dealer claim of “ZOMG NEW ECODIESEL FOR [insert unbelievably low price here].”

Focusing on the new Ram 1500, the EcoDiesel engine will represent a $4,995 option box, which works out to a $3,000 or $3,300 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 eTorque, depending on trim. We mention this because the Gen3 EcoDiesel is available across all models and configurations of the new Ram 1500 (not the Ram 1500 Classic, which retains the old Gen2 EcoDiesel), including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.

Fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to when trucks go on sale early in the fourth quarter of this year. As for power, this mill is good for 260 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 480 lb-ft of torque at just 1600 rpm. These figures are a 20 hp and 60 lb-ft improvement over the Gen2 engine, respectively.

That torque figure is the highest of all half-ton diesels, by the way.

Company spox are mum on official mileage numbers for now, but it will surely outstrip the old engine’s figures of 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. For comparison, the 3.0-liter GM Duramax inline-six is rated at 23 mpg city, 33 highway for two-wheel drive half-tons, while Ford’s 3.0L Powerstroke half-ton is good for 22 mpg in town and 30 mpg on the open road.

The new Ram EcoDiesel 1500 pickups should appear on dealer lots in the fourth quarter of this year. Check back on these digital pages for a First Drive review next week.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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18 Comments on “Ram Sets Price for 2020 EcoDiesel Pickups...”

  • avatar

    I’m no diesel fan but kudos to FCA for not putting the engine behind a trim/package paywall the way GM and Ford do with their LD diesels.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Wrangler and Gladiator get the same treatment when they get this engine.

  • avatar

    Nice engine option for an already appealing truck. If I was an on-the-road sales rep that drove 1/2-tons, this configuration would definitely be on my shopping list.

  • avatar

    So a ~$3,000 upcharge over the other reasonable towing alternative.

    Not horrible. They should sell a lot of these.

  • avatar

    I know the Cummins gives a nice resale recovery but does anybody have data on these Fiat smokers?

  • avatar

    “… a $4,995 option box, which works out to a $3,000 or $3,300 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 eTorque, depending on trim.”

    I’m lazy and don’t want to look this up right now, but as of last year the eTorque option was a $1500 sucker tax in itself. So has the regular 5.7 option now gone away, or is the diesel a full $4500 on top?

  • avatar

    Can’t wait to drive it, I think it will be my next ride.

    Need to spend some time checking the payload and trim options. Hoping for a loaded limited with Rambox and split gate.

  • avatar

    Dead fuel walking in any segment smaller than Class 3.. It’s not clear that any manufacturer can meet emissions requirements without fraud, and the marginal fuel savings over a comparably powerful gasser aren’t worth the stink.

    • 0 avatar

      A comparable powerful gasser truck won’t give you 35 mpg hwy in 2wd. This will. Now, I agree that you don’t buy a $50,000 diesel to save on fuel, but these diesel V6 Trucks, as heavy as they are, have excellent fuel consumption on the hwy at least. Like someone above said…if you’re a traveling salesman who needs a half ton, it is hard to beat one of these. Just the luxury of having to refuel once every 650-700 miles is worth it to me. Not too many people think like me, but in disaster prone ( hurricane) areas like Florida where people go crazy at gas stations and they run dry of gas, diesel is always available without any huge lines. A full tank of diesel and another 5-10 gallon can, would take me from Central Florida to West Virginia or Western North Carolina…with fuel to spare, without any MadMax episodes on the way at gas stations. A lot of people who buy these rigs, as soon as warranty is over, they tune these vehicles and that’s when they come alive. No, I am not saying make them bro-dozers, but there are different levels of tune that in an emission free testing state can make these trucks long lasting and very reliable.
      If I had $50,000 to burn and still had 100 mile round trip, I would love one of these.

      • 0 avatar

        “No, I am not saying make them bro-dozers”

        But if you are still talking about running emission deletes, that is illegal in every state.

        • 0 avatar

          There are different levels of tuning, but yes the final tune is total delete.

          • 0 avatar

            As long as you know what you’re getting into.

            Diesels have evolved, except they’re delicate instruments now. And they’re complicated instruments, even after “deletes”. And they’re high maintenance too. Is your mechanic up to speed? They require high temps, high pressures for everything to work.

            So have you calculated the extra expenses? How much is to delete/tune? Don’t even think about going to the hole-in-the-wall stations. Stick to the name brands, bite the bullet. Same with oils/filters/replacement parts.

            At filling stations, you may have to wait behind trucks/RVs with deep tanks. If every pump dispenses diesel, great! Otherwise, be prepared to wait. AND wait. The combo gas/diesel pumps are usually closest to the street, and or most convenient, so they’re the favorite of everyone buying gas (and milk, snacks, scratchers, etc).

            There’s lots more to it than simple mpg. If you’re going to rack up the highway miles, leasing is a horrible idea.

      • 0 avatar

        “in an emission free testing state”

        Great, so the trucks don’t “come alive” unless you’re stinking out the rest of the public.

  • avatar

    All gas stations where I live dispense diesel. All but the clubs. Yes, always use a reputable tuner. Diesel isn’t in my future right now because I drive only 7 miles to work and that would choke a new diesel who needs hwy driving for regeneration

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