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2020 Ram EcoDiesel packs 480 lb-ft of torque

by Patrick Rall on

FCA announced this morning that the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will return to the Ram 1500 later this year and when it arrives, it will offer 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. That is more torque than any other small diesel truck engine offered in the US market, but more importantly, with the ability to tow 12,560 pounds, the third generation EcoDiesel is the most capable diesel-powered pickup in the half-ton segment.

“The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, following up on Ram’s Heavy Duty torque leadership and achieving what no other manufacturer has, with up to 480 lb.-ft. of torque in a 3.0-liter engine,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers.”

Third Generation EcoDiesel

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that will power the 2020 Ram 1500 is heavily revised and as a result, the company is calling it the third generation of the young engine. The early EcoDiesel stacked up awards as one of the best options in the US truck market before the all of the diesel controversies swept across the industry, forcing FCA to stop offering it. Since then, engineers worked to make sure that it meets all of the pointless EPA requirements and in the process, they created a much stronger engine.

Compared to the second generation EcoDiesel, the engine coming for the 2020 Ram 1500 includes a new water-cooled turbocharger with a variable geometry turbine, redesigned cylinder head intake ports, a revised exhaust gas recirculating system, a higher compression ratio (now 16.5 to 1), redesigned direct injection fuel nozzles, new lightweight aluminum pistons, a new two-piece oil sump system and a new dual vacuum pump system. These changes reduce NVH levels and improve efficiency, leading to a cleaner-running engine that just-so-happens to produce quite a bit more power than the previous iteration of the EcoDiesel.

To be exact, the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, up from 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque in the previous version. Also, in addition to offering more torque, the peak levels are reached 400rpm sooner, so this new EcoDiesel makes more torque and it makes it sooner, leading to greater capabilities – with this new Ram 1500 diesel towing up to 12,560 pounds.

Compared to the Competition

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is more powerful than the previous diesel half-ton Ram, but more importantly, it packs more power than the competitors. Well, to be exact, it packs more torque than the competitors, beating Ford’s 440 lb-ft and the 460 lb-ft offered by Chevrolet and GMC. In the horsepower category, GM still leads that with 277 horsepower, compared to Ram’s 260 and Ford’s 250.

The torque advantage is coupled with the upgrades made to the current generation Ram 1500 pickup to offer the best diesel towing in the half-ton segment. The new Ram will pull 12,560 pounds, whereas the Ford tows 11,400 and the GM diesel half-ton pickups each tow 9,700 pounds. The previous generation  Ram EcoDiesel could tow 9,200 pounds, so there is a major jump in that category.


The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will reach dealerships during the fourth quarter of this year and when it arrives, it will be offered on all trim levels. This includes the Rebel, which has not been offered with diesel power in the past, meaning that Ram 1500 owners who enjoy off-roading will soon be able to do so with  EcoDiesel power.

We do not having pricing for the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but we can expect that number and full fuel economy figures closer to the dealership debut of this new engine package.


Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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