After updates in the half-ton segment, big three US truck companies are moving to the class that generates the most profit. Heavy-Duty models are refreshed for the new season, including the 2020 Ram 2500 diesel. It still uses the Cummins drivetrain, while the petrol unit remains the base option. For the Ram 3500 engineers prepared a package that crunches 1000 pound-feet of torque. However, the 2500HD version is not getting the full output from this monster.
The 2020 Ram 2500 diesel will be competitive with its main rivals, Ford F-250 diesel, and Chevy Silverado 2500 diesel. The Blue Oval company is using the PowerStroke unit, while behind the bow-tie badge is a Duramax engine. All three vehicles will deliver similar outputs and only details can be decisive. For the next season, the company brought some changes to buyers. Ram 1500 is new and its larger sibling found some inspiration on this model.
2020 Ram 2500 Diesel Specs
The base unit if the HD lineup is a petrol engine. That is a 6.4-liter V8 capable to produce 410 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. If you want to upgrade towing capacity, then FCA is offering a Cummins diesel drivetrain. A 6.7-liter turbocharged V8 will create 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of twisting power for the 2020 Ram 2500 diesel. The High Output version is available only for the Ram 3500 and it bursts 400 hp and 1,000 pound-feet. With downgraded numbers, Ram 2500 still can haul nearly 20,000 lbs.
The new 2020 Ram 2500 diesel will look nearly the same as the Ram 1500, but bigger. It is also more muscular than its predecessors. According to what we saw in the last few months, the HD truck will borrow headlights, bodyline, and grille from its smaller sibling. We expect even more updates. Engineers are replacing traditional sprints. The series 2 truck is now using air springs at the rear axle. Also, we will find a coil-spring configuration. For the heavier and capable 3500 truck, the company uses rear leaf springs.
2020 Ram 2500 Diesel Release Date and Competition
The new 2020 Ram 2500 diesel is coming soon, that is for sure. But the release date depends on its competition as well. Last year, Ram stole the show in Detroit when all three companies brought their full-size models for the premiere of diesel engines. So, we must not doubt in FCA. Ford and GM are also building new versions of their series 2 and 3 pickups. Refreshed models are on the way and buyers will have a wide choice of new vehicles.
There won’t be big changes under the bonnet for any of these trucks. Ford F-250 HD continues to use a 6.7-liter PowerStroke drivetrain with 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque. They are not sparing this engine and both Ford and GM are squeezing every bit of power and torque out of their units. Silverado 2500 HD returns similar numbers from a 6.6-liter Duramax powerhouse.
Starting price of the new 2020 Ram 2500 diesel will stay around $45,000. Cummins drivetrain will be available for the entry-level Tradesman, mid-range Big Horn and Laramie, and high-end models Laramie Longhorn and Limited. Chevrolet offers its truck for $50k, and Ford will slap a similar price tag to F-250 diesel.