2017 Ram 1500 | Driving Mystery

by Christina Pronger on August 8, 2016

Ram 1500 ExteriorPhoto Credit: RamTrucks.ca

The Ram 1500 is slotted for a redesign – the only uncertainty is when it will be released. Whether it is released in 2017 or 2018 the crew or quad cab truck will retain the characteristics die-hard owners know and look for but with updated technology inside the cab and under the hood.

While not a complete overhaul, rumours indicate that the new Ram 1500 models will have a hybrid drivetrain which will save fuel while braking, coasting or idling. The internal combustion engine will run the same otherwise but the switch can result in a significant fuel savings for owners. In combination with the existing EcoDiesel technology, this design change will establish the Ram 1500 as a green truck that has adopted modern technology.Ram 1500 Interior

Photo Credit: RamTrucks.ca

The new Ram 1500 will be fitted with a reengineered 3.5 L Pentastar V-6 engine with 305 hp and 269 ft-lbs of torque and some diesel engine options including a 3.0 L EcoDiesel with a possible turbocharged Cummins diesel. The EcoDiesel will have 240 hp and 400 ft-lbs of torque. New tech on the instrumentation panel will include a control for the transmission system, including the 4×4 option. The Sport, Laramie and Longhorn will have a 5.7L V8 under the hood—this engine will be capable of cranking out 395 hp and 410 ft-lb of torque and have an optional 8-speed transmission.

Some other changes include an overall leaning out of the truck’s weight, bringing it in line with its closest competitors. The lean build will be achieved through both material changes as FCA moves from a heavy steel construction to aluminum and redesigns which require less bulk. Other redesign speculation includes a Ram 1500 with standard adjustable air suspension and a coil spring rear suspension, both of which would offer a much smoother ride than Ram drivers are used to experiencing.

Ram 1500 Side ProfilePhoto Credit: RamTrucks.ca

With 11 trim options and a host of new accessories and features, the Ram 1500 is sure to appeal to new and old-school owners alike. Premium features may include a heated steering wheel, full leather upholstery and a sunroof. The enhanced fuel economy and hybrid powertrain will catch the eye of those looking for a powerful truck without breaking the bank to afford driving one.

There is no question that, regardless of the exact timing of the release of the Ram 1500, it is sure to put FCA in the lead and their closest rivals on their toes running to keep up.

Christina Pronger
Director of Client Services
AmazonAutoNation.com

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