The new 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck had a lot to show at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The updated Ram will enter the segment with a more refined interior, improved ride quality and a more fuel-efficient engine.
“The new 2013 Ram 1500 is the most capable, best-looking half-ton pickup in the world and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency, new technology and new features while upgrading the interior and exterior,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico – Chrysler Group LLC.
Exterior updates on the 2013 Ram 1500 include a larger, redesigned grille; a new front bumper; and LED-infused headlights. Inside, updates include higher-grade materials, a revised center stack, a revised instrument cluster with an integrated 3.5-inch display and the availability of the much-loved Uconnect infotainment system.
Arguably the biggest update can be found under the hood, where the old 3.7-liter V6 engine has been replaced with the Chrysler Group’s highly-regarded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The new engine produces 305 horsepower (227 kW / 309 PS) and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque. Those looking for more power can opt for a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 making 395-HP (295 kW / 400 PS) and 407 lb-ft (551 Nm) of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (the first in the segment) which is controlled by a new “rotary e-shift dial” gear knob situated on the right-hand side of the center console.
To improve ride quality, and to provide drivers with more customization, there is an available four-corner air suspension system with five settings for optimum ride and aerodynamic performance: Normal, Aero, Off-Road 1, Off-Road 2 and Park. In Aero mode, the system automatically lowers the vehicle’s ride height by up to 1.1 inches to improve fuel efficiency by up to one percent.
Speaking of fuel-efficiency, the 2013 Ram 1500 gets a stop-start system that is said to improve fuel-economy by up to 3.3 percent. Active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension, as well as a thermal management system that regulates engine and transmission fluid temperature, also aid in the truck’s improved efficiency.