Ram revamped with more tech, better mileage
Chrysler makes improvements under the skin of the 2013 Ram pickup.
The 2013 Ram 1500 was revealed Thursday as part of a debut at the New York Auto Show, with new technology, better fuel economy and a host of other upgrades.
The biggest news is the availability of the company's Pentastar V6 engine, displacing 3.6 liters and tuned to deliver 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The new engine makes 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and returns at least 20 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing 3.7-liter V6.
The 5.7-liter Hemi is still offered, but the 4.7-liter V8 is no longer available. The Hemi makes 395 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. It's capable of towing 11,500 pounds when it is specified as part of the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty package.
The company will offer eight-speed transmissions in both V6- and V8-equipped Ram trucks by the end of the year. The transmission is controlled by a new dash-mounted rotary dial. Ram says it enables quick, blind shifts from reverse to drive when towing or plowing. The dial replaces both console- and column-mounted shifters.
In addition to the new transmissions, Ram made a handful of other adjustments to improve fuel economy. The pickups include a new thermal management system that quickly raises engine-fluid temperature to decrease small losses. Ram says that thermal management alone increases fuel economy 1.7 percent. That might not seem like much, but in addition to the stop/start system and weight reduction also new for 2013, it will save a significant amount of fuel over the life of the vehicle.
Another cool new feature on the Ram is the adjustable ride-height function. In normal mode the truck operates with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. When exiting and entering the vehicle, it drops two inches. For going off road, the truck can be raised either 1.2 inches or 2 inches. Chrysler says that leads to a best-in-class step-in height, best-in-class ground clearance and best-in-class departure angle.
The 2013 Ram uses a stiffer frame for better stability while decreasing noise and vibration. The front rails are made of high-strength steel that saves 30 pounds. SRT engineers also reworked the suspension geometry for improved responsiveness.
On the outside of the truck, Ram made the signature grille larger, while the crosshairs are now flush with the grille surround. Vertically oriented fog lights are integrated into the fascia with brighter headlights with LEDs for parking and turning. A new six-foot, four-inch bed option is offered on the Crew Cab, combining the Ram's largest available cab with its largest available bed.
Inside, in addition to the e-shift knob, the Ram gets a handful of improvements to make the cabin an even better place to be. An 8.4-inch Uconnect screen sits front and center displaying navigation, audio and climate info. Redundant climate controls are also on the dash. Below the climate controls is the Ram's switchbank, which can be wired to control several features, depending on model. A smaller information screen sits in the gauge cluster.
All of the stuff in the new Ram needs to be connected. For that it uses the Powernet system that allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be connected to 40 individual modules designed to improve vehicle performance, comfort and safety. The Powernet architecture is also the brain that supports the Uconnect system.
The 2013 Ram pickup will hit dealerships later this year.
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I still like a truck with the LEAST electrical gadgets available . Less to go wrong .
skeeter44, your an idoit. the small V-8 is the Magnum 4.7liter that was/is producing less then 300hp. So yes your 350 would be faster. Your stang, is lighter then the Pickup so yes it would out run it.
My family has always been dodge and has always had good luck with them. I can't wait til my son is 18 then I can give him my 2004 truck and get me a new one. Of course by then they will flying trucks, ha Or no one will be able to buy a new vehicle because our government has drivin us into a black hole of an economy state.
I switched TO Dodge in 2005. Bought two of them the same day. The Hemi now has 136,000 (plus) and is still a sweet ride. The 3.7, 6-cyclinder, it's okay, but WAY better than anything else I've seen from the other companies.
I'll be checking out the new line. And I, or some other Dodge driver will be pulling you out when you are stuck.
@dasco. Because Toyota and Nissan are making vehicles that are so much better in quality? I dont think so. Toyota has gone down hill big time the last 5 years, especially in the recall dept.
American trucks have always been just as good or better then any imported truck out there. Toyota trucks have always had more rusting problems then any other truck on the road and there are just as many Ford, GM and Dodge trucks on the road with 100 Plus miles on them then any imported truck. Anyone that believes that imports are somehow better quality vehicles, needs to have thier head checked.
First, why is it they write an article stating the changes made and all of the sudden haters come out of the woodwork? If you don't like Dodge, don't buy one, period, but you don't have to complain here. If you think it is a waste of money because of the amount of fuel/money it takes to fill one, then don't buy one, period, but please realize there are still people in the US who NEED a truck for their lively hood.
Second, you don't have to hate on Dodgeguy who wrote: "My truck is a RAM 2500 HD 6.7L Diesel that is chipped. It has just under500 Hp and 1000ft/lbs of torque while maintaining 23Mpg's...." My husband has the same specs with 350,000 miles. He is very proud of his truck & will own nothing else simply because of the performance he has had with it. None of his other friends have ever even entertained the notion of keeping a vehicle that long, let alone had it come close to that in the time they owned theirs.
Third, Dodge has it problems just as every brand does. To each their own, why waste time degrading a brand you don't like or have had bad experience with...people will do what they want anyway.
PS no "death wobble" here....EVER...in his truck, my previous Jeep, or my current Durango...jus sayin'