At the recent New York Auto Show, an all-new Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck took center stage. “We changed every area of the truck,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico for Chrysler Group LLC. The truck is expected to hit showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
The new Ram offers a choice between an award-winning 3.6L V6 and the 5.7L HEMI V8. The new 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award two years in a row) with variable-valve timing (VVT) offers 305 hp, with 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The company estimates the improved engine contributes up to 42% more horsepower, 13% more torque and at least 20% better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7L V6 powertrain.
The 5.7L HEMI V8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT provides 395 hp, 407 lb.-ft. of torque. Chrysler sources say that, due to a fuel-saving cylinder shut-off, it now delivers at least 20% better fuel economy when compared to 2012 V8 powertrain. Towing and payload numbers top out at 11,500 lbs. and 3,125 lbs. respectively, with Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty.
A class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) is standard equipment with 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine. That doubles the amount of gears compared to the previously available four-speed automatic transmission, which improves drivability and enhances fuel efficiency. 4x4 models will be available with a choice of two transfer cases, including a part-time system and an on-demand four-wheel-drive system.
In addition to more horsepower and added fuel economy, the new Ram carries a host of interior upgrades that enhance comfort and convenience, as well as state-of-the-art connectivity.
Another first in a pickup truck is the application of stop-start—a fuel-saving feature available on select ’13 Ram 1500 models. This new system improves fuel economy by up to 3.3%—an increase of about one mile-per-gallon to the truck’s city drive cycle. Stop-start increases fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the truck comes to a complete stop.
The ’13 Ram 1500 will be available with an all-new air suspension system featuring five height settings for optimum ride and aerodynamic performance. The feature operates automatically, or may be controlled manually via console or key fob controls.
The frame is all-new, and through use of advanced materials and hydroforming technology, saves weight. The standard front independent suspension combines new aluminum upper control arms and retuned geometry with coil springs for improved responsiveness and handling.
New exterior design cues include an all-new grille and fascia and improved quad projection headlamps. LED lighting is employed in the front turn signals and tail lamps.
A host of interior upgrades include enhanced comfort and convenience features, plus state-of-the-art connectivity.
The Ram 1500 will be offered with a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage.