What happens when… Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 10, 2019 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Super Truck! What happens when the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup in history receives a new chassis and an all-new and award-winning interior? It wins awards of course. 2019 RAM 1500 Mild Hybrid Best Pickup Interior - 2019 RAM 1500 Just one of many awards for the 2019 RAM 1500… Green Truck of the Year: 2019 RAM 1500 What happens when that same most fuel efficient full size pickup in history receives an updated and more fuel efficient drivetrain? Well, that is what comes next. The 2020 Ram 1500 when equipped with the award winning 3.0L EcoDiesel will deliver an unprecedented 480 lb.-ft. of torque, be able to tow up to 12,560 pounds, and is expected to lead the full size pickup segment in fuel economy. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available within all trims including the Rebel. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019 with pricing and fuel economy ratings announced closer to the truck’s on-sale date. New 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel Details For 2020, the RAMs soon to be available 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel is rated at a best-in-class leading – for full sized light duty pickups equipped with turbo diesels - 480 lb.-ft. of torque, up 14 percent from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6 that we have driven for thousands of miles previously. Horsepower Is up 8 percent to 260 hp. Here are the 10,000 ft view ways in which this was accomplished. A new-generation water-cooled variable-geometry turbo increases efficiency and responsiveness Redesigned cylinder head intake ports improve swirl and flow, increasing performance and fuel economy The EGR system has been updated to a dual loop (low and high pressure) system. The added low-pressure circulation system draws gases after the diesel particulate filter, thus minimizing turbocharger energy losses, which increases fuel economy The compression ratio has been optimized to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1 <-- Not sure how that helped??? High-pressure 29,000 psi direct-injection fuel injector nozzles were redesigned to match the newly designed combustion chamber Lightweight aluminum alloy pistons were completely redesigned to include thinner rings and low-friction coating on the pin and side skirts to reduce losses NVH has been reduced by offsetting piston pin by 0.3 millimeters from the centerline The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a lightweight sandwiched polymer/metal material that reduces NVH A dual vacuum pump system uses electric and a new mechanical low-friction pump with new blades that improve overall system efficiency Like the previous iterations, the latest 3.0L EcoDiesel uses dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) with four valves per cylinder and a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks. The block is cast with compacted graphite iron, which provides strength to dampen vibrations, but weighs less than grey cast iron. A compacted graphite iron bedplate adds rigidity to the block. The EcoDiesel V-6 uses a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. The aluminum alloy pistons are cooled on the underside via oil jets. Heat-treated aluminum cylinder heads use individual bearing caps to reduce friction and minimize NVH. The chain-driven overhead camshafts employ roller-finger followers. The Ram 1500’s Uconnect infotainment is also word class with its portrait oriented 12-inch split-screen capable touchscreen, 360-degree birds eye view cameras. Active safety include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition. Some 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel B-Roll as an MP4 to explore: https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.iconicweb.com/assets/110469/hq_14869.mp4 And the EcoDiesel’s Powertrain Warrant? How about Five Years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, which covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. A standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy. 2020 RAM 1500 So what happens when? Well, let us hope a taller rear end is also part of the package which in turn would make the already most efficient full size pickup in history even better. This truck could once again be the truck you want to buy upon release… With some discounts thrown in for good measure that is.