The age of hybrids and downsized turbo-gasoline engines may be in full swing, but there are those that still believe in the pulling power of diesel.
Take Ram for example. While they're more famous for having HEMI V8s, Ram is also known for having diesel engines that give life to their pickup trucks. For 2020, they want to keep the faith in diesel alive with the debut of the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
Touted by the company to become the most powerful half-ton pickup diesel pickup, the third-generation EcoDiesel V6 produces more power, emits less carbon emissions, and can tow a lot more despite being significantly smaller than most engines.
The six-cylinder turbo-diesel motor displaces 3.0-liters and benefits from a forged steel crankshaft, aluminum-alloy pistons, and heat-treated aluminum cylinder heads for reduced friction and better NVH. It also comes with a new water-cooled VG turbocharger, better compression ratio of 16.5:1 (previous was 16.0:1), and higher-pressure fuel injectors.
The result is a V6 that produces 260 PS and a staggering 650 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm. This translates to not only having faster highway pulls, but added capability to tow / haul stuff. In fact, Ram claimed that this allows the 2020 Ram 1500 to tow up to 5,697 kg of cargo.
“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. The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram.
With most truck buyers in the Philippines still choosing a diesel engine instead of a gasoline-powered motor, perhaps Ram Philippines should consider bringing more diesel-powered versions of the 1500 instead of the HEMI V8.