Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is new light-duty diesel towing champ

Henry Payne
The Detroit News

The light-duty pickup wars have a new diesel towing champ.

Ram says its all-new 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will pull 12,560 pounds thanks to class-leading 480 foot-pounds of torque. That’s a big leap from the previous-generation truck’s 9,300 pounds and clears the Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel’s previous best 11,400 pounds.

Introduced in 2014, Ram’s Ecodiesel was a pioneer in the light-duty truck segment but has since been joined by products from Ford and Chevy.

Ram also announced that pricing for its diesel truck will start at $38,585 – a $4,995 option, or $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 eTorque engine in Ram’s lineup.

The EcoDiesel is available across all models of the Ram 1500, including for the first-time in its rambunctious, off-road Rebel.

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The Chevy Silverado Duramax diesel pulls 9,300 pounds but is the class leader in fuel economy — another closely-watched diesel metric — with 27 mpg average. Ram says it will publish the Ecodiesel’s mpg numbers closer to its on sale date in the 4th quarter.

Henry Payne is auto critic for The Detroit News. Find him at hpayne@detroitnews.com or Twitter @HenryEPayne. Catch “Car Radio with Henry Payne” from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays on 910 AM Superstation.