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Ram 1500 debuts with a 48-volt hybrid system

2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck interior Ram 1500 debuts with a 48-volt hybrid system
Conrad Doyle | 15 January, 2018, 11:57

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The Ram pickup is the automaker's best-selling vehicle and the third-best-selling vehicle in the USA behind the Ford F series and Chevrolet Silverado. Even though its dimensions have grown, the 2019 Ram 1500 is going on a diet just like the 2019 Chevy Silverado.

FCA claims that its 151 liters of interior storage in the new Ram 1500 has around 100 percent more storage capacity than the next closest competitor.

Not only are there some key changes to the brand's best-selling truck, but FCA revealed its new logo for the Ram division with the truck. An eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system is standard on the V6, but it's optional on the 5.7L Hemi V8.

"The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,700 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers". Trucks with the available air suspension lower themselves 0.6 inches at speeds above 35 miles per hour for increased aero efficiency; non-air-ride trucks receive an active front air dam that extends at speed, working with active grille shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Ram did not mention availability of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, previously offered on Ram 1500s but quietly pulled due to seeming emissions compliance problems.

A bird's-eye camera system eases parking, and the pickup gets Sirius XM's new 360L service that allows individualized streaming for subscribers. An optional Harmon Kardon pack 19 speakers, 900 watts, and a 10-inch subwoofer.

The center console has 12 different storage configurations and can literally fit a 15-inch laptop in the bottom with a ton of room leftover. The truck also will comewith two three-pronged 115-volt plugs.

More fuel economy gains will come from under the bulging hood, where the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 now delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 a solid 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. But engineers were able to quiet the cabin in the V-8 model by employing frame-mounted "active tuned mass modules", which work electronically to dampen engine noise in the cabin, reducing cabin noise to 67 decibels. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic.

In terms of safety, Ram incorporated new wheel blockers into its frame across all trim levels to improve performance in slight offset frontal crash tests.

Pricing has not been announced. The previous-generation 2018 Ram 1500 will remain in production for "at least a year", FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in October, in part to help guard the new pickup's residual values.

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