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The new 2020 Ram 1500 will offer an EcoDiesel option.
A diesel engine was suggested but not announced when the new 2019 Ram 1500 was unveiled at the Detroit auto show last year.
The planned engine release follows the class-action legal settlement announced earlier this year for owners of about 100,000 2014-16 EcoDiesel Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees. FCA did not admit wrongdoing, but regulators said it had installed defeat devices that allowed the vehicles to cheat emissions testing.
In announcing the new engine, Reid Bigland, who heads the Ram brand, touted the third-generation 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel’s fuel economy and torque capabilities.
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“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 pound-feet of torque in a 3.0-liter engine,” Bigland said in a news release. “The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers.”
The diesel will be available in all models, including the Ram Rebel for the first time, and is slated to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing and fuel economy will be released closer to the sale date, FCA said in the release.
The engine is built at the FCA Cento plant in Ferrera, Italy.
“The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 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 gray cast iron. A compacted graphite iron bedplate adds rigidity to the block,” according to the release.
FCA noted that the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic — the older version of the Ram pickup — is available with a second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel.
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