DETROIT — The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had a high bar to reach to contend with the fuel economy ratings of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's diesel model.
Ram's pickup has nearly matched the Chevy, falling just short in some aspects, but the small gaps likely aren't enough to swing the sales race in the diesel Silverado's favor, an analyst said.
Ram said its 4x2 half-ton EcoDiesel will be rated at 7.3 litres/100 kilometres (32 U.S. mpg) in highway driving, slightly behind the Silverado's 7.1 l/100 km. The Ram is also rated at 10.7 l/100 km (22 U.S. mpg) city, compared with 10.2 l/100 km for the Silverado. The 4x4 Ram EcoDiesel will get 8.1 l/100 km (29 U.S. mpg) highway — matching the Silverado for the segment lead — and 11.2 l/100 km (21 U.S. mpg) and 10.2 l/100 km (23 U.S. mpg) for the Silverado.
Ram says the 8.1 l/100 km (29 U.S. mpg) highway on its 4x4 layout is key because those models represent more than 80 per cent of the U.S. full-size pickup mix. Ram's light-duty diesel pickup is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter.