2013 Ram 1500 Cool Tech: Deep Dive

Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

Ram has a laundry list of upgrades for the 2013 Ram is half a ton, and the truth, there is probably more we have not seen yet. For now, here's a closer look at most of the most interesting new features and technologies, the new truck has brought us. Some we see fairly quickly, while others may take a little longer.

Engine stop / start

Add to the list of industry firsts, the use of a new start-stop system, a fuel saving other function that will be available on select 2013 Ram 1500 models. This system will improve fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent, which. An increase of about 1 mpg in city driving, depending on driving behavior, vehicle configuration, and duty cycles

The system increases fuel efficiency by switching off the engine when the vehicle comes to a standstill. Accessories such as the radio, gauges, heating and air conditioning systems will continue to operate. The engine automatically restarts when the driver releases the brake. Ensure a seamless acceleration

Setup monitors brake pedal position and vehicle speed over time to determine the appropriate engine shut-off, prevents frequent on / off cycling in heavy stop-and-go traffic situations.

As expected, the system will require a few upgrades. Because of the additional high-utilization and electrical load demands placed on the starter, alternator and battery use these components heavy duty models equipped with start-stop function. The starter in a stronger case is housed, the flywheel teeth are stronger, and a more robust starter solenoid is needed.

We are told that during the test, the new starter, the durability cycles has more than two and half times the exposed standard units – more than 300,000 on / off cycles. The battery produces 800 A with a lead-acid battery (with absorbed glass mat technology). An updated 220-amp alternator in the charging system included.

The system voltage is continuously monitored by a battery. If the battery charge is reduced, the truck will set stop-start until the battery is charged to an acceptable level. Stop-start is activated automatically and requires no input from the driver. A switch to disable the function is on the dashboard.

Ram has so far not known exactly how the package will be introduced, but we understand both V-6 and V-8 configurations are available and could easily be adapted into an updated aggressive hybrid or electric truck powertrain. We drive the system in different variants at a forthcoming event and drive to their real-world applications then report.

Longer wheelbase

This does not really fall under the "cool technology" banner, but it deserves to be included. And in a strange way all the interesting changes and technology have led to. The 2013 Ram half-ton will now be offered in a longer 149-inch wheelbase. Astute Ram fans will know that Ram has sent three cab configurations and bed lengths expressed only two wheelbases (the 140-inch Crew Cab see the 5-foot-7-inch RamBox above).

The new wheelbase is nearly 10 inches longer, and allows the creation of a crew cab Ram with two bed-length options: a 5-foot-7-inch bed and 6-foot-4-inch bed. When you combine this with the fact that a longer (6 '4 ") RamBox option was introduced just last year, this will allow Ram to offer both versions of the RamBox with the popular four-door crew cab. And if that with the fact that the crew cab and 4×4 models with the Pentastar V-6 and 8 can transfer TorqueFlite be ordered, you can see why Ram guys are so optimistic about the 2013 truck to be a hit with a much larger audience.

Expect the longer wheelbase option arrive too late to the summer of 2013.

Electric power steering

Another in a long list of firsts for the 2013 Ram 1500, used electric power steering has a relatively small, efficient engine to power the truck rack-and-pinion steering. Instead of constantly turning a hydraulic pump, even if they are not needed, the new all-electric system adds about 1.8 percent fuel efficiency, which translate directly into an extra 5 hp, when the parasitic train. The new system eliminates the pump, hoses and cooling gear. The new electronic system continuously monitors a number of sensors to make lots of small or large, compensating adjustments for increased comfort and safety.

Active Grille Shutters

The hidden active grille shutters or blinds are one of the coolest features on the 2013 Ram, and it is the first pickup to use this technology. The system automatically closes the flow of air through the radiator, when no cooling is required, as determined by the engine control unit.

When the active closure are closed, the air flow is redirected over and around the front of the truck, the improvement of smoothness of the wind and generate much less turbulence than would otherwise be present if the transmitted air. Engine coolant temperature and vehicle speed to determine the light sectors.

The shutters remain closed when the engine is less cooling is required, and air resistance can be opened on the same, the system the shutters, if the truck cooling requires more air flow, for example, when the truck moves a heavy load up a steep hill .

Keyless entry

One advantage of the complete redesign of a whole pickup is that you can build in the ability for future upgrades. Not only that, Ram engineers in full upgrade of all electrical wiring and connections support for future use, but you. Also some unique features, like the ability to lock and unlock more than just doors

In fact, depending on the configuration, enables a new remote central locking the driver to lock and unlock both the tailgate and RamBox (if available). With a simple push of the key fob This could virtually theft-proof your pick and could be the answer to the lack of tools from construction sites or driveways be dark.

Heat manager

Simply put, the new transmission thermal management system is designed to increase engine and transmission fluid temperatures quickly. By increasing fluid temperatures parasitic losses from low viscosity engine oil and transmission oil can be reduced, improving fuel efficiency by 1.7 percent.

As opposed to a mechanical thermostat, the new electronic thermostat constantly monitors engine temperature, which. Shorter warm-up time, and maintenance of the engine within the range of efficient Since the engine temperature is increased to predetermined level hot engine coolant is circulated through a heat exchange unit, which also contains dedicated paths for transmission oil and motor oil.

Since the heat exchange device heated, but also heats the liquid. This action dramatically reduces warm-up for transmission, improved fuel economy, driveability and shift quality. In most configurations, the drive train to transfer heated independently of the engine, warm-up time delays and reduces the efficiency in the course of time.

The system will be. On standard truck with TorqueFlite 8 and can also act as a kind of transmission cooler to prevent the transmission of more than operating temperatures behave in situations when towing and hauling, improving durability and overall performance

Fuel cut-off

And finally determines an interesting computerized electronic fuel cutoff sensor when it is not appropriate, and (as shown above Hemi 5.7L) for cutting off the flow of fuel to the engine. Called the Interactive deceleration fuel cutoff (iDFSO) function, the system can turn off fuel to the engine during the descent or delay events. The system is likely to be offered only in the Hemi (and probably with the Start / Stop technology combined) for the Hemi Ram economical option for those consumers who need a V-8, and better fuel economy, which should be a pretty big offer Number of truck buyers.