2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- As part of a major overhaul for model year 2013, the Ram 1500 pickup gets a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission.
- The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
- Chrysler says the new powertrain will earn at least 20 percent better fuel economy.
NEW YORK — Chrysler's Ram 1500 pickup gets a new 3.6 Pentastar V6 engine and TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission as the key elements of a major overhaul for model year 2013. The 2013 Ram is being introduced this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It replaces a 3.7-liter V6 that is rated at 215 hp and 235 lb-ft and, on the 2012 Ram, is mated to a four-speed automatic. Chrysler says the 2013 Ram with the Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlite 8 will get at least 20 percent better fuel economy.
Also available on the 2013 Ram is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Output has been nudged from 390 to 395 hp, while torque remains at 407 lb-ft. When mated with the TorqueFlite 8 transmission, the 2013 Ram with the Hemi V8 also will get at least 20 percent better mileage than its predecessor, according to Chrysler, thanks in part to the use of cylinder deactivation, stop-start technology and other fuel-efficiency advances.
The new eight-speed automatic, jointly developed with ZF, offers a unique feature: Instead of a conventional shift lever mounted on the column or console, the TorqueFlite 8 is controlled by a rotary "e-shift" knob on the instrument panel.
To go with its powertrain upgrades, the 2013 Ram 1500 gets a significant sheet-metal overhaul, with a larger grille, new front fascia and bumper, revised foglamps and quad projection headlamps, plus LED taillamps and turn signals. Also new for 2013 is remote central locking for the tailgate and RamBox cargo management system, as well as a new 6-foot-4-inch bed option on the Crew Cab model.
Among the new convenience features are power-folding mirrors, power stainless-steel running boards, combination power and rear-sliding window with defrost, and an air suspension with automatic load leveling that adds up to 4 inches of lift.
The Ram 1500 cabin continues to move upscale and get more technologically advanced, with revised seats and door panels, upgraded materials and trim, and such standard and available features as a multifunction steering wheel, touchscreen displays and a variety of multimedia systems, including a next-generation Uconnect Access infotainment/communications center.
Options include adjustable pedals, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear back-up camera.
Edmunds.com says: With absolutely no hyperbole intended, Ram Truck boss Fred Diaz proclaims the new 2013 Ram 1500 to be "the most capable, best-looking half-ton pickup in the world." What do you think?