2013 Ram 1500 First Look

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

This was supposed to update a simple mid-model, but if the Ram truck team sat down to discuss what specific changes they wanted to make it quickly turned into a different kind of thought experiment.

Mike Cairns, Ram Truck chief engineer, he does not say exactly who remember to say, but someone asked, "What if we not only make a few changes what would look like the list if any changes you want to make, we were made? What powertrain changes we would wish, how much high-tech makes sense, what would design changes we want to see both inside and out, how we could each mile Squeeze per gallon possible from this new truck? "At a certain point, said Cairns that. 2013 ball rolled down the hill, and a new Ram was headed our way

Sure, this would not be just another mid-life refresh. This would be a bit much for the truck team, and the timing could not be better.

Simply put, the Ram team touched just about every inch of the car, a sort out minor or major improvement from the effort. Many of the changes will probably go unnoticed because they are so small, subtle or hidden, but some are much more pronounced, as a new engine, redesigned grille and reconfigured interior center console are. For a list of all new aspects touched, Download Ram changes here.

There are many changes, and we will not be able to beat all of them in one post, but here are the highlights. Expect more information on the road, which will allow us to more deeply. In more significant improvements and technology Keep all the news about the debut of the 2013 Ram, click here.

Frame and weight savings

Ram engineers began the very basis of the 2013 truck to displace include enhancements from which many significant weight savings. The newly designed frame uses liberal amounts of high-strength steel and hydroforming technology, to save weight – about 30 pounds – and increase rigidity. As expected, the enhanced framework is also to improve the overall NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness).

Stronger, lighter metals in the new aluminum hood of all 2013 Rams save about 26 pounds, and the upper and lower wishbones in front independent suspension are also made of aluminum.

In addition, the new Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed transmission will save about 76 pounds, while the improved V-8 and new eight-save as much as 30 pounds from the 2012 V-8 engine and transmission.

New suspension option

Many of the frame changes were necessary because Ram engineers decided to inflate the airbag suspension to take in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new chassis offers several settings that raise and lower the vehicle is automatically (to improve fuel economy, depending on the situation), and allow the driver to select one of two off-road settings.

The new air system can be as much as four inches lift to allow for easy access when parked, and it can increase ground clearance by several centimeters when four-wheel drive in a small area. Ride heights are normal, Aerospace, Off-Road 1, 2 and Off-Road Park, the new air suspension has an automatic load-leveling function, no matter what the setting.

Powertrain Preview

Probably the biggest news for the Ram is the new powertrain. The high-tech 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 finally makes its way to the full-size pickup, and the much rumored ZF eight-speed transmission.

The engine has seen great success with other Chrysler vehicles, and the figures look impressive behind it, especially when the old 3.7-liter V-6 in comparison: 305 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque. That's 42 percent more power and 13 percent more torque and 20 percent better gas mileage. The Pentastar has an all-aluminum block and head. (With integrated exhaust manifold), double overhead camshaft, aluminum pistons and six-bolt main bearing But no two turbos and no cylinder deactivation.

The new 8HP45 and 8HP70 transmission have twice as many transitions, and the range is impressive: 4.71:1, 3.14:1, 2.10:1, 1.67:1, 1.29:1, 1.00:1 and 0.84:1 0.67:1 . Reverse is 3.30:1. The eight-speed is standard on the Pentastar and an option for the 4.8-and 5.7-liter V-8s, the standard six-speed 65RFE be.

Included with these new drives is a segment first powertrain start / stop option to use a variety of sensors around the truck to determine whether it is appropriate to shut off the engine and fuel while maintaining power to all other "online" accessories. The system is used extensively in other global vehicles, but it is the first time for Ram. (The only other pickup with start / stop function is the Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid.)

Ram still offer single-overhead-cam 4.7-liter V-8 (which is getting a bit old) transition and the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, both of which get a slightly stronger-rated version of the same eight transmission. The 2013 Ram will lose to both the center console and column gear change in favor of a large knob on the center stack face (so-called e-shift, similar to what you see in the latest Jaguar and Land Rover models). It limits the driver to select Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive. As expected, a sophisticated computer determines the most efficient use of the available torque.

High Technology

In many ways, the new Ram is a showcase for new technologies that we are likely to see in many other pickups and SUVs on the road. Some of our favorites are the active grille shutters that automatically conserves air flow close to the engine off when it is not needed, between 3 and 5 percent in drag.

Engineers have finally over all half-ton Rams, electric power steering that can say they improve fuel efficiency by 1.8 percent and add as much as 5 HP, all due to the drag reduction and weight reduction on.

Another cool feature is a thermal management system which uses the refrigerant, in order to help heat the transfer as soon as possible to remove parasitic losses by thick gear oil. The same setup can also be used to cool tranny fluid during hard towing or other extreme heat hazards.

Connectivity is another area where Ram looking for is to take a segment leadership. The 2013 Ram will debut with the latest and most innovative technologies it has ever been in a pickup. Access the Uconnect system uses a 8.4-inch touch screen to organize the SA user and coordinate music, maps, web searches, instant messages, e-mails, phone calls, and more allow. Ram wants their customers. Access to a customizable Media Center to the system like a home PC instead of a typical computer navigation and music storage

In addition to the great center-stack screen all new Rams will come with a 3.5-inch information display between the tachometer and speedometer. Previously, it was available only on the more premium models. In fact, all SLT models and above get a new 7-inch touch-screen that we said, configured to be displayed in a variety of backgrounds and images, depending on the trim package. For example Longhorn editions have different backgrounds and options SLT and Sport models can not be made to look visually by Big Horns, are in contrast to some other Chrysler products.

Design Inside and Out

Most of the exterior changes to the new Ram are more subtle and were made specifically because aero required improvements. The general shape and appearance of the Ram hood except for the additional dome has not changed, but things like the air dam gaps, vents and wheel lips were all specifically as air hits and slips past them touched improve.

For some, the major change in the grille, which has been extended to the outer edges of the grille surrounds to be just, but the Ram has a new front bumper and headlights look too. Exterior designers reconfigured the way the badge sitting on the side of the truck, and she even went so far as to incorporate a small Ram logo in the outer lens of the headlamp.

If you think these guys were on the outside detail-obsessed, they only got more detail-conscious on the inside. To improve much of the interior work of the team fit and finish centered, upgrade to new materials and textures as well as improving the functionality of the air conditioner. With a view to early photographs of the upper trim levels, it looks like Ram really stepped his game to layout and appropriate materials with different packages and types.

In fact, we have even noticed this is the first Ram Pickup, where "Dodge" does not appear anywhere on the dashboard. The key change dugout and will say: "Ram" from now on, we are told. We also like the fact that the trailer brake circuit controller settings are now in a convenient location close to the center console where it infinitely easier to see and use.

Last details

Ram four-wheel-drive system, full and part-time to be able to offer both with the new eight-speed transmission, but they are also available with a column or stick-shift. The 4×4 engagement is key and is located directly below the electronic dial. The full-time system provides both low-and high-range and an auto setting that you set and forget as long as you need or want.

Ram is still 11 different models for 2013 (as well as all the same cab and bed configurations) and should offer the production at plants in Saltillo, Mexico, and Warren, Michigan, start with the third quarter of 2012. The eight-speed transmission when combined with the V-8 engine is a "late availability" option, do not be in production until the first quarter of 2013. We take full model pricing closer to the on-sale date to be announced.

It's not every day that receives a mid-model refresh so many changes, upgrades and new technologies, so we do not collect any information to apologize in a single post. But rest assured, we dig deeper, we get some one-on-one time with the truck and taken to improve access to the Ram team, truck, what it is.