The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 With eTorque Named to Wards 10 Best Engines List

The fuel-saving 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque strikes again, as the engine was just named to the list of Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems for the second consecutive year. Rated at 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Pentastar with electrification is the standard powertrain on the popular Ram 1500 model. The Pentastar is paired with a TorqueFlite 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission. 

“The Pentastar V6 with eTorque is a great example of giving consumers electrified powertrain technology that seamlessly works with their daily lives. The standard eTorque system delivers better fuel economy without compromising power or capability,” said Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems. 

With its main function as a replacement to a traditional alternator, the eTorque system features a belt-driven motor generator unit that’s responsible for several functions on the pickup truck. There’s a 48-volt battery pack that’s powering the motor generator unit and enables the system to improve fuel efficiency, performance, value, and drivability. There are six different modes of operation available, including: quick and seamless stop-start functions and energy recovery with brake regeneration that supports increased towing capacity and payload figures. 

The eTorque system sends up to 90 lb-ft of supplemental torque to the engine crankshaft, helping the vehicle restart seamlessly during stop-start maneuvers such as when waiting at a red light. During this function, torque travels to the wheels within 400 milliseconds — that’s more than twice as fast as traditional stop-start systems. 

“There are lots of drivers who dislike stop-start systems because the engine may turn back on with a shudder, or they might think the engine won’t restart at all. But the Ram 1500’s 48-volt eTorque system is so smooth, quiet and consistently reliable that truck owners will appreciate the technology – and the money they can save at the pump,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor.

The 2020 Ram 1500 model powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with rear-wheel-drive, while the four-wheel-drive models are rated at 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. When compared to the previous-generation model, the all-new Ram 1500 boasts an 18 percent improvement in city mpg and a 10 percent improvement on the combined mpg figures. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque is also offered in the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara four-door model. 

While the engine’s running, the eTorque system feeds a 48-volt current to a cobalt-graphite battery. The battery pack even includes a DC-to-DC converter that helps not only maintain the battery’s state of charge, but it also converts the 48 volts to 12 volts so that the Ram’s accessories and its conventional 12-volt lead-acid battery can be charged as well. The eTorque system even offers regenerative braking, which recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to charge the existing battery pack. Additionally, eTorque helps reduce noise, vibration and harshness by enhancing the driving experience and adding torque to the crankshaft during gear changes. 

Visit Miami Lakes AutoMall and experience the Ram 1500 for yourself. Our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions about the eTorque system that you may have, so schedule your test drive today! Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to stay up to date with the latest Ram news. 

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The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the Top Rated Truck for 2020 According to Edmunds

Edmunds named the Ram 1500 the Top Rated Truck for 2020. Editors show love to the full-size pickup in its Top Rated awards that span over seven categories and are seen as recognizing excellence in today’s automotive market. The winner of each category represents the best of each respective segment because Edmunds tests each and every competitive vehicle on the market.  [click to continue…]

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The Ram 2500 Gets its Turn at Bat

It’s usually the Ram 1500 model that’s always on the receiving end of awards and accolades, but this time it’s the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty’s turn at bat. The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty was named the winner of Popular Science magazine’s 2020 Best of What’s New award. Every year, Popular Science enthusiastically reviews thousands of new products — and innovations — and subsequently awards the top 100 winners across 11 different categories. In order for any product or technology to be deemed a winner, it has to represent a significant step forward in its respective category. 

“The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty is among the Best of What’s New because its unique blend of tech makes it tough yet sophisticated,” stated Joe Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “That’s a tough balance to strike, especially in a field crowded with so much innovation.”

The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty model offers buyers a payload capacity of 7,680 pounds and an impressive towing capacity of 35,100 pounds. Additionally, this model sets benchmarks thanks to its luxury materials, comfort, innovation, and technology that exceed expectations and topple competitive offerings. The exclusive Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display marks an industry first and features SiriusXM’s new “Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora.” Said radio stations combine a format of rich music curation paired with industry-leading personalization that isn’t found on any other infotainment devices. 

Popular Science

As we mentioned earlier, each year the editors of the publication are responsible for reviewing thousands of products while searching for the top 100 tech innovations of the year. Breakthrough products and technologies take center stage as they usually represent significant leaps in their respective categories. Winners of the Best of What’s New designation are included in the hotly-anticipated December (2020) issue of Popular Science. Since the Best of What’s New feature debuted in 1988, December issues of the publication are usually the most widely read of the year. The 11 categories that make up the Best of What’s New awards include: Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering, Entertainment, Gadgets, General Innovation, Security, Software, Home, Health and Recreation. 

Ram Heavy Duty

Extreme performance and towing capability is the Ram Heavy Duty’s bread and butter, combined with the most refinement and comfort features. The pickup is the segments first pickup to offer 1,000 lb-ft of torque thanks to the optional Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel. Class-leading ride and handling is top-notch on the 2020 Ram Heavy Duty thanks to a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system — there’s even an optional rear air suspension to sweeten the ride. Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks tackle modern life with the full force of modern capability. 

Check out the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 inventory at Miami Lakes AutoMall and schedule your test drive today! Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to keep up with the latest Ram news. 

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The 2020 Ram 1500 is Now the Truck of Texas

The 2020 Ram 1500 has barely rolled out at dealer lots across the nation, but its accolades keep on piling up. At the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA), the 2020 Ram 1500 was the star. To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Ram brand won every category it entered, securing a total of eight awards — the most awards earned by any brand at the event. Sister brand vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler, has won the Off-Road SUV of Texas prize for 10 consecutive years as well.  [click to continue…]

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Ram Named the “Best Truck Brand for 2020”

U.S. News & World Report has handed Ram Truck its latest accolade — it named the pickup maker as the Best Truck Brand for 2020. The award, aptly titled “Best Vehicle Brand Awards” evaluates 35 different brands with the aim of recognizing industry-wide excellence in every segment, including cars, SUVs, trucks and other luxury vehicles. 

“At Ram, we’re focused solely on building the best trucks and commercial vehicles in the market. This award from U.S. News & World Report acknowledges that effort. In a highly competitive segment, Ram is committed to innovation and powertrain leadership. By offering more content, more comfort and segment-leading features Ram is building trucks that meet and exceed the needs of the widest range of buyers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. 

Reliability, safety data, test drives, and credible published reviews are all taken into account by U.S. News & World Report. A subsequent in-depth analysis follows so that the publication can issue its rankings. “The Ram 1500 has the capability of a work truck with the interior of a luxury SUV. It’s one of the few trucks that can do almost everything you ask of it, and do it all well,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Executive editor — U.S. News Best Cars. 

U.S. News Best Cars determined award winners by averaging the overall score of individual automakers’ products in each award segment. Once the tallies were complete, the brand with the highest overall average score was named the immediate winner in the segment. Where do the overall scores come from? From the publication’s Best Cars rankings which are based on a combination of reliability data, consensus of the automotive press, and awarded safety scores. 

Ram recently celebrated its first decade as a standalone brand, with numerous accolades under its belt, such as being named MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year five times. The brand’s powerful lineup includes the Ram 1500, Ram Heavy Duty, Ram Chassis Cab, and the ProMaster and ProMaster City vans. All models have one goal in mind: to get hard work done and to take families where they need to go. 

Some Ram benchmarks include: 

  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America

Visit Miami Lakes AutoMall to experience everything the Ram lineup has to offer. Explore our Ram inventory and schedule your test drive today! Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media for the latest Ram news, including announcements of special edition pickups, upcoming releases and more. 

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Ram Wins “Truck of the Year” Honors Back-to-Back

Miami Lakes Ram 2020 Truck of the Year

Ram Trucks are officially back-to-back champs as MotorTrend named the Ram Heavy Duty the 2020 Truck of the Year. The 2019 Ram 1500 was the winner of the title last year, as voted on by the editors of the publication. Ram Truck only became a standalone brand ten years ago, after splitting off from Dodge, and it’s won MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year honor five times: 2010, 2013, 2014, 2019, and 2020.  [click to continue…]

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Ram Introduces “Built to Serve” Editions

Ram celebrated the Veteran’s Day holiday with the introduction of its “Built to Serve” series of trucks that honor the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Ram decided to honor each branch with two specially selected paint colors, designed to match the spirit of each branch and its respective mission. “Ram wants to honor those who are serving or have served the United States with distinction,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. 
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Mopar is Taking the Ultimate Overlanding Ram Truck to SEMA

It’s that time of the year again, the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show kicks off on November 5th and runs through the 8th. Like every prior year, Mopar will be present to showcase its aftermarket Mopar parts along with other prototype parts and accessories. A total of 14 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles will be showcased at the event and one of those vehicles is a Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) overlanding concept. As the premier automotive specialty products trade exhibition worldwide, SEMA is the perfect stage for Mopar and FCA vehicles to shine.  [click to continue…]

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Ram Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Stand-Alone Brand

Congratulations are in order for Ram, the truck maker is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a stand-alone brand separate from Dodge. Now that the brand has 10 years of experience under its belt alone, Ram launched a multimedia campaign aimed at celebrating their own “Power of Innovation.” The campaign strategically showcases Ram’s evolution in the pickup segment this past decade, along with its ongoing commitment to innovate and manufacture some of the industry’s best pickups. The “Power of Innovation” campaign is comprised of three new videos, all currently available on the truck maker’s digital and social media outlets.  [click to continue…]

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Ram Trucks is Ready to Finish 2019 With a Bang

Ram Trucks is ready to close out 2019 on top; the truck maker is about to dethrone the Chevrolet Silverado from the number two slot officially. Automotive experts believe that once everything is said and done, the truck market will be changed for years to come. Ram sold 461,115 units during the first nine months of the year (2019), averaging about 25.5 percent of the light-duty truck segment. A decade ago, when Ram was branching out as a standalone brand, it barely held 5.9 percent of the entire market. Suffice it to say; Ram certainly can be proud of its accomplishments in the past decade.  [click to continue…]

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