2023 Ram 1500 Diesel: Facelift, Changes, Specs, Towing Capacity, MPG


If we can trust the latest reports, the next year’s Ram 1500 is likely getting a mid-cycle refresh. Those are the latest reports we are getting about this generation of the famous pickup, which has been around since 2019. At this point, the officials are still quiet but we rumors suggest all kinds of changes. Most of them should happen in terms of the styling, while the mechanical aspect will probably remain the same. This includes the diesel powertrain as well, which should remain available across the almost entire range. We expect that the 2023 Ram 1500 Diesel will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year.

Despite the cosmetic changes, the overall design will largely remain the same. Therefore, we may count on a pickup that combines strong towing ratings with pretty impressive fuel economy. Also, you may count on Ram’s typical qualities, such as incredibly smooth ride, luxurious interior and a long list of available features.

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel Engine

Of course, the most important part of this version is the engine. The 2023 Ram 1500 Diesel will continue with the same powertrain. It is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, developed by the Italian company called VM Motori. It features a max output of 260 horsepower and a pretty impressive 480 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is smooth and very refined.

The benefits of a diesel version are numerous. First of all, you may count on excellent fuel economy. This model beats Silverado Diesel by a few mpg and offers class-leading fuel economy. In numbers that would be 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the V6-powered Ram 1500 is good for about 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, while the V8 models are even thirstier.

The diesel version is also very capable. The max towing capacity goes up to 12.560 pounds, while the max payload rating goes up to 2.090 pounds.

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel Design

As we already mentioned, the 2023 Ram 1500 Diesel could easily receive a mid-cycle refresh, despite that the officials are still quiet. Simply, the key rivals have been updated, so we could see some changes that would keep this pickup fresh and competitive. This particularly refers to the styling. We presume that the front end would come with some tweaks in areas such as headlights, grille and bumper, in order to look more aggressive. However, these changes would be rather subtle, while the overall layout would remain largely the same.

Of course, updates like new color options, new wheels and similar things are always possible. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see changes regarding mechanics. Simply, the current model already features an impressive suspension and chassis setup, which ensures the smoothest ride in the class Things become even better than that if you opt for available air suspension.


The cabin design has been one of the biggest strengths of the current generation and we are pretty sure that the next year’s model won’t bring more important changes in this aspect. We count on the same overall layout, though there is always room for minor tweaks in terms of new color schemes, new materials and similar things. The overall layout will remain the same and you may count on familiar cab styles on the offer. Those would be Quad and Crew Cab styles. Both accommodate up to 6 passengers, but the Crew Cab model offers more legroom. Also, you may count on two familiar bed sizes – 5.7-foot and 6.4-foot units.

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel Interior


If the update is about to happen, we presume that the lists of standard and available equipment would be upgraded as well. Still, it’s hard to talk about details at this point. We presume that the trim level organization will remain the same.

Base models should continue with essential features only, such as a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and USB ports. Of course, many more things will be available in higher trim levels, starting from dual-zone climate control, sunroof, an 8.4-inch or a 12-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, multiple upgraded stereo choices, additional USB ports, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2023 Ram 1500 Diesel Release Date and Price

We expect to see the 2023 Ram 1500 Diesel in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around  39.000 dollars. Diesel versions of Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 will remain key competitors.

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