When the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel goes on sale later this year it'll be the most expensive optional engine available in a light-duty truck.
On Friday, Ram said the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine option in the 2020 Ram 1500 will command a $4,995 premium over the base V-6 mild-hybrid or a $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 mild-hybrid.
That's not cheap, and the automaker is still mum on fuel economy ratings. Ram spokesman Dave Elshoff told The Car Connection the third-generation EcoDiesel engine will be more efficient than the outgoing second-gen model it replaces. That previous engine was up to 29 percent more efficient on the highway than the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine.
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Ram will offer the EcoDiesel engine in all 1500 models from the base Tradesman to a loaded Limited, and everything in between including the off-road-ready Rebel.
The entry point for the EcoDiesel is $38,585, including destination, which will net buyers a 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab with rear-wheel drive.
While full 2020 Ram 1500 pricing isn't out yet, a loaded Limited model with an EcoDiesel could nearly touch $75,000, based on 2019 model year pricing,
Buyers that opt for the EcoDiesel wont lose much in terms of towing capability, with a 12,560-pound tow rating and 480 pound-feet of torque.
Ram said the third-generation EcoDiesel is quieter, smoother, and more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. We'll be sliding behind the wheel soon and will have our first driving impressions Tuesday, so stay tuned.