What are the 2020 RAM 1500 Changes?

October 21st, 2019 by

2020 Ram 1500 models
The RAM 1500 was fully redesigned for 2019, but that hasn’t stopped it’s engineers from introducing numerous updates for the new model year. So, what are the 2020 RAM 1500 changes? In short, there are new aesthetic upgrades for the Laramie and Big Horn models, new standard features and options on the Rebel trim, and a more efficient EcoDiesel V6! That’s quite a lot to get excited about.

Take a closer look at the 2020 RAM 1500 updates by reading on, and then experience it for yourself with a test drive!

2020 RAM 1500 Updates: Packages and Upgrades


The RAM 1500 Night Edition package is making a long-awaited return. It includes sleek black interior accents, all-black exterior accents, headlamp bezels, and a unique selection of exterior colors. It’s available on Bighorn and Laramie models for 2020.

Have you been eyeing the RAM 1500 Rebel? This off-road focused trim is now available with a wider array of standard features, along with an expanded suite of options. A power-release tailgate and heated rear seats are included on all models, and you’ll have the option to add one of several available packages of driver assistance features.

2020 Ram 1500 Rebel

2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel vs. Previous EcoDiesel Engine

One of the biggest changes to the new RAM 1500 is the option of a new-and-improved EcoDiesel V6 which was missing from the 2019 edition! It’s lighter, stronger, and more efficient than RAM’s previous EcoDiesel offering:

  • Although the new RAM 1500 EcoDiesel engine is still a V6, but 80% of parts are new, and the engine block is now a full 15 pounds lighter than before. This may not seem like much, but when it comes to fuel economy, every little bit counts!
  • The 2019 RAM 1500’s performance allowed drivers to enjoy up to 27 mpg highway, with the right equipment. For the new year, EPA tests have revealed an incredible highway RAM 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy rating of up to 32 mpg! That’s better than many midsize SUVs.
  • When paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel can go more than 1,000 miles between fill-ups!
  • The previous RAM 1500 EcoDiesel offered 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. For 2020, the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel gives you 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

Compared to other diesel-powered half-ton pickup trucks, the new RAM 1500 EcoDiesel earns a best-in-class tow rating! You’ll be able to tow loads of up to 12,560 pounds when this model is properly configured. Did we mention that the EcoDiesel engine is now available on every trim? Check out our full guide to the 2020 RAM 1500’s fuel economy to learn more about your other options.

See the 2020 RAM 1500 Changes in Person

If you’re as ecstatic as we are about the 2020 RAM 1500 changes, no amount of written description is going to satisfy you! If you really want to understand the differences, explore our new RAM 1500 inventory and take your favorite 2020 model for a test drive today! Still doing research? Compare the 2020 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 in one of this year’s biggest matchups. While you’re at it, round things out by pitting the RAM 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado!

If you’re interested in the latest diesel models, you’ll also want to take a closer look at the Jeep Gladiator engine specs! A new diesel option, similar to the option described here, is expected in early 2020.

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