RAM 1500

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - New 2020 Vehicle Preview -

The 2019 model-year re­design of the Ram 1500 in­cluded plenty of fea­tures, per­for­mance and greater tow­ing-and-haul­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Max­i­mum pay­load and tow­ing ca­pac­i­ties in­creased to 2,300 and 12,750 pounds, re­spec­tively (pre­vi­ously 1,880 and 10,620). An op­tional air-sus­pen­sion sys­tem can raise or lower ride height and keep the truck level when loaded. The ex­tended-length Quad Cab and four-full-door Crew Cab bod­ies are the pri­mary of­fer­ings, but Ram of­fers a reg­u­lar-cab ver­sion for fleet cus­tomers. En­gine avail­abil­ity con­sists of a 305-horse­power V-6 and a 395-horse­power V-8. Both use eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions. The V-6’s torque tem­po­rar­ily in­creases by up to 90 pound-feet with a belt-drive 48-volt “eTorque” mo­tor/gen­er­a­tor. This mild-hy­brid sys­tem re­places the tra­di­tional al­ter­na­tor and uses a lithium-ion bat­tery to add power un­der hard ac­cel­er­a­tion. The same sys­tem adds up to 130 pound-feet of torque for the V-8, but it’s op­tional. The 2020 model year sees the re­turn of the turbo-diesel V-6 (called EcoDiesel). Avail­able in all trim lines, the Italy-built en­gine is rated at 260 horse­power and 480 pound-feet of torque, and pro­vides a max tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 12,560 pounds.

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