With the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck finally getting some serious competition from the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, many expected that Toyota would hold nothing back in an effort to remain king of the segment. However, it seems the 2016 Tacoma will miss out of the brewing diesel fight.
That’s right, the Tacoma will not have an answer to the new 2.8L diesel engine that will be available on the all-new Colorado and Canyon twins.
“We will not be offering a diesel engine,” Tacoma and Tundra chief engineer Mike Sweers confirmed to . “We’ve looked at diesels, and diesel is a difficult topic right now because of the new Tier 3 emission regulations.”
Set to take effect in 2017, the Tier 3 regulations he speaks of were developed by the EPA to further reduce tailpipe emissions, making it harder for diesel-powered vehicles to comply.
“The downside to diesel is the emissions has to be certified at the same level as a gas engine,” Sweers added. “So the way to do that is you have to put on an after-treatment system.”
An after-treatment system could add up to $3,000 to the Toyota Tacoma’s cost, greatly reducing the value proposition of a diesel model. What a shame…
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Beats Every Diesel Truck In Torque
The torque king of half-tonne diesel trucks is here.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is here, and it delivers class-leading torque.
RAM’s latest half-tonne truck is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 that produces 260 horsepower, 8 percent more than the last EcoDiesel V6, and 480 lb-ft. of torque, whic is up 14 percent. That’s more torque than any other half-ton diesel pickup truck, including the similarly new Chevy Silverado diesel.
Engineers were able to achieve those power figures by giving the EcoDiesel a new water-cooler turbocharger, redesigned cylinder head, an updated exhaust gas recirculation system, and new fuel injector nozzles. The truck can tow up to 12,560 pounds and also comes with an air suspension that not only improves the ride control, but also fuel economy.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pricing starts at $38,585 for the Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD model, including the destination fees.
2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel Gets 33-MPG In Highway Driving
The truck is capable of towing up to 9,300 pounds and has a max payload of 1,870 pounds.
General Motors has announced the EPA-estimated fuel economy figures for the 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel, and they are quite good.
Rear-wheel drive Silverado 1500 models equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine deliver 23 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg highway, while four-wheel drive versions are rated at 29 mpg highway and 23 city. These specs make the Silverado Diesel more fuel efficient than the Ford F-150 Diesel, but the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel could arrive with a higher rating.
Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 3.0L six-cylinder generates 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, tows up to 9,300 pounds, and allows for a max payload of 1,870 pounds. It is the first diesel engine offered in Chevy’s light-duty trucks since 1997 and its first-ever inline-six configuration for the segment.
The optional powertrain costs $2,495 for the LTZ and High Country trims, or $3,890 over the cost of the 2.7-liter turbo engine in the LT and RST packages.
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Returns For 2020 With A Lot Of Torque
Prospective RAM 1500 buyers can once again have their new truck with a diesel engine.
Ram has brought back the V6 EcoDiesel to its 1500 pickup truck lineup, available starting in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Like previous EcoDiesel , the new unit is a turbocharged V6 that displaces 3.0L, but engineers made a few enhancements, including a redesigned cylinder head, a new-generation turbocharger, an updated exhaust gas recirculation system, and new fuel injector nozzles.
The end result is 260 horsepower (+8 percent) and 480 lb-ft of torque (+14 percent), representing an improvement of 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can tow up to 12,560 pounds and comes with an air suspension that improves both ride control and fuel economy.
“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,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid powertrain technologies deliver the highest available fuel efficiency for our Ram 1500 customers.”
FCA made the EcoDiesel optional on all models and configurations of the Ram 1500, including the off-road-oriented Ram Rebel (pictured).