Although the rumors and speculations about the 2018 Ram 1500 engine updates claim almost fantastic things, what’s clear at this moment is that the revised mills must meet the restrictive criteria imposed by the government. In other words, the 2018 Ram 1500 is certainly going to be more efficient than ever. They probably won’t sacrifice power output in order to reach better EPA fuel economy test results, so the horsepower and torque of those engines should be the same, if not even higher.
EcoDiesel V-6 EPA Fuel Economy Specs
The current generation of the lightweight truck is really great when it comes to EPA fuel economy. Its turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers 240 horsepower and impressive 420 lb-ft of torque. With this engine inside and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the 2016 Ram 1500 2WD returns 20 mpg/city, 28 mpg/highway and 23 mpg/combined. With all-wheel drive, the truck’s fuel economy is slightly lower: 19 mpg/city, 27 mpg/highway and 22 mpg/combined.
Better EPA Fuel Economy: Is It Possible?
Since they’re going to make some changes regarding the fuel economy of the EcoDiesel V-6 engine, with engineering improvements and planned weight reduction of the entire body, the 2018 Ram 1500 will be able to reach spectacular fuel economy results.
It’s going to be really interesting seeing what they’re going to do in order to improve the EcoDiesel V-6. This engine seems like it’s hard to improve, since it’s very compact with lots of power. Its block has been made out of CGI (Compacted Graphite Iron) and its cylinder heads out of aluminum. Furthermore, in spite of the current trend which virtually proscribes a 90-degree angle, the EcoDiesel’s V configuration has a 60-degree angle. This way, they further reduced the weight of the block.
This engine is, actually, revolutionary in more than one way. It was the very first diesel engine installed under the hood of a truck that comes with a dual overhead camshaft. The automaker is especially proud of the engine’s NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) reduction, which made this diesel mill suitable for the Jeep lineup.
Compression ratio: 15.5:1
Valvetrain: 24 valve, DOHC
Horsepower: 240@3,600 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @2,000 rpm
2018 Ram 1500 Powered by 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
It’s hard to imagine the EcoDiesel’s specs once they finish the update for the 2018 Ram 1500. Since this is currently the most efficient engine within the entire market segment, every step further is another raise of the bar for the competitors. If they manage to improve all the towing and hauling specs of the redesigned Ram 1500 with along with the planned fuel economy improvements, there’s no doubt the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to be something worth waiting for.
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