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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.
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The fifth-generation Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty was initially introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. It competes directly with other heavy-duty full-size pickups such as the Ford F-250 Super Duty, the GMC Sierra 2500HD and Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Here’s a summary of the highlights that make the 2019 Ram 2500 the truck to beat in its segment: (more…)
As we’ve mentioned before, Ram Trucks is enjoying an era of success – an all-new heavy-duty debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year and the fact that the brand managed to record its best sales in 2018 since the brand debuted its lineup of trucks over a quarter century ago. In fact, Ram is so poised for success that the redesigned Ram 1500 beat out both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra for North American Truck of the Year, and according to a survey from IHS Markit, had the highest customer loyalty for the third consecutive year. (more…)
Ford and Chevrolet will have to make room – there’s a new champ in town as the 2019 Ram 1500 has been crowned king at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is the latest recipient of top honors at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show as the North American Truck of the Year. Reimagined in 2018 and debuting at last year’s show, the all-new 1500 made its way to dealer lots the past Summer. Consumers have the ability to choose from a vast range of models and trims complete with luxurious interiors, and improved payload and towing capacity when compared to its predecessor. A panel of media jurors from the U.S. and Canada is responsible for determining the winner.
A large part of the Ram 1500’s success can be attributed to its eTorque mild-hybrid system. Standard on all V6 engines, and optional on the V8 HEMI powertrain option, the eTorque system runs from a 48-volt battery that replaces the alternator and is responsible for reducing the burden of running additional electronics from the engine. In fact, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) engineers claim that the all-new Ram 1500 saves 1.7 ounces of fuel at an average 90-second stoplight when options with the V8 engine and eTorque system. Payload and towing capacity remain unchanged regardless of the addition of the system since it weighs about 100 pounds total and the compact batteries reside in the dead space behind the rear seat bench. In the long run, those 1.7 ounces saved add up, making the all-new Ram 1500 one of the most fuel-efficient pickups in the light-duty segment.
The Ram brand sold a total of 537,000 units in 2018, a substantial increase of 7.2 percent when compared with the prior year. Much of its success is largely attributed to its impressive redesign. Thanks to the substantial units gained, FCA and Ram both conquered a considerable share of the pickup segment and now pose as a credible threat to crosstown rivals Chevrolet and Ford. Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand, is happy to reap the benefits of the Ram’s latest success, stating “It’s great that consumers can see what we see in the Ram 1500.”
Truck buyers who need a pickup for work but would also want a nice interior and advanced tech features are the perfect suitors for Ram. Weekend warriors and commuters alike are poised to benefit from the 1500. As for the brand’s strategy, it’s clear their interest lies in recreating some of the magic of the 1500 and spreading it onto the other pickups in the lineup as evidenced by the latest debut of heavy-duty trucks at the Detroit Auto Show. While the latest heavy-duty trucks from Ram offer serious towing capability and payload capacity, their interiors are outfitted with features intending to make the ride as pleasant as possible.
Check out the extensive inventory of the all-new Ram 1500 here at Miami Lakes AutoMall and experience it for yourself. Schedule a test drive today and follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to stay up to date with the latest Ram innovations.
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Motor Trend was onto something when they chose the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 as the Truck of the Year after witnessing how the brand and vehicle managed to carve a significant portion of the pickup segment for themselves when pitted against bitter rivals Chevrolet and Ford. Riding the coattails of that success, it appears that the Ram brand is well on its way to recreating this magic with the programmed introduction of their heavy-duty pickup trucks at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Said to be inspired by the transformation of the 1500, the heavy-duty variants (2500 and 3500) will help Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) kick off the 2019 heavy-duty pickup race with them in the lead. Plenty of prototypes have been seen testing on the outskirts and streets of Detroit by spy photographers for months now, but what can we learn from the latest teaser supplied by the Ram brand itself? Let’s find out. (more…)
2018 is one for the record books over at Ram Trucks thanks to its consistent (nearly non-stop if we’re honest) output of trucks, special edition trims and packages, and even a new engine. As the year comes to a close, Ram is earning top honors and awards from reputable sources that are sure to catapult the brand into a top-seller and help it further expand its vision for the future. Without further ado, here is Ram’s year in review. (more…)
On any given week we can see a pickup truck hauling a heavy load, commuting like a sedan, towing recreational equipment such as bicycles and jet skis, chewing up muddy ranchland, or even exploring off-road trails. As the automotive landscape changes, we ask more and more of our pickup trucks than we do of any other vehicle – and we buy plenty of them (2.8 million units sold in 2017). Motor Trend, an American automobile magazine, traditionally recognizes a Truck of the Year and this year the honor goes to none other than the 2019 Ram 1500. According to Motor Trend, there isn’t a truck out there that so precisely caters to the diverse and ever-growing needs of the truck segment better than the 2019 Ram 1500. (more…)
Ram Trucks is an automaker that always seems to be presenting something new. Although many consumers out there are fans of the power and capabilities Ram trucks offer, new vehicle concepts have yet to show up. No, what’s been pretty popular for the auto brand in recent years has placed a large focus on appearance packages and option groups that may change the way a consumer shops for a truck. The latest package with a few add-ons is the 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition, and will be made available in Ram dealerships in all 50 states.
Is It Just Skin Deep?
Sometimes, a package for a Ram truck is purely for appearances. Take the 2018 Mojave Sand Package for instance. Initially made available for the Ram 1500 and then the 2500 due to its popularity, the Mojave Sand doesn’t change much. The true performance comes from the trim the appearance package is slapped onto – the Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
Ram trucks are definitely shaping up to be something else this year. The newly redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck made its first debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and again showed up with Mopar during a Mopar and Ram webcast presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. There, they talked about the new Mopar catalog featuring over 200 new features for the Ram 1500. Going forward, Ram trucks are set to take on Ford, the world’s leader in light duty and heavy duty trucks in decades. Now, with new engines popping up on both, let’s take a look at both truck brands and do a little comparison of their engines.
2018 Ram 1500
Let’s look at the powertrain lineup of the 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck, being that the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be available for awhile. Three engines are available on 2018 Ram 1500 trucks – a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Not too different from its 2019 lineup, aside from the to-be-determined return of the EcoDiesel and a new eTorque system that has been added for additional torque and hybrid capabilities.
The standard engine of the three is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT, able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. With the eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, that torque capability comes out to 359 lb-ft of torque. When paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 drivetrain, this engine on the 2018 Ram 1500 truck can get a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg city/highway. So far, so good.
Next up on the list is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, able to deliver a total of 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine can grant a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Here’s hoping it returns to the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck lineup.
Returning to the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty truck is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (with VVT and MDS), currently found on the 2018 Ram 1500 as well. Able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, this engine isn’t as strong as the EcoDiesel when it comes to towing. The eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 truck will change that, adding an extra 130 lb-ft of torque. That will give trucks with the HEMI V8 a total of 540 lb-ft of torque! Amazing.
2018 Ford F-150
The 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck is available with four engines at the moment. Six if we count the to-be-released 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine and the Raptor DOHC 24-valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Comparable to the three Ram 1500 engines above, the 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck can sport a new 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. That’s twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), a variation of variable valve timing (VVT) that alters the open/close valve lift events of an engine’s cylinders, optimizing it to increase the power output of the engine. This engine generates 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
At this time, Ford has no diesel engine in the F-150 lineup. The EcoBoost engines are not to be mistaken for the same thing. They are turbocharged gasoline engines made to match the same horsepower and torque of engines that receive its air intake via atmospheric pressure, but with better fuel efficiency and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
A V8 engine is available on the 2018 Ford F-150 lineup and it’s a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that is able to deliver 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. It claims the “best-in-class” payload, but that’s only if properly equipped. Ford doesn’t go into defining what that means, but one can safely assume it needs a trailering package of some kind if it’s going to beat the payload of the 2018 Ram 1500 truck, touting another 20 lb-ft of torque over the 2018 Ford F-150.
Well there it is. Ford may be ruling the truck industry at the moment, but come 2019 their reign may just come to a final end. What do you think? Does Ram have what it takes to be crowned King of Trucks? Let us know on social media, or shop for a Ram 1500 pickup truck at Miami Lakes Ram and test it out for yourself.