It seems that the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to be something great with all the speculated engine options. Since its mild hybrid powertrain is confirmed, there’s still a doubt whether they’re going to change other powertrain options. The announced engine updates will probably improve the truck’s fuel economy as well as its fundamental specs (power, towing and hauling), but there’s also a possibility that the 2018 Ram 1500 gets a new Pentastar V-6 engine.
Truth be told, the aforementioned Pentastar V-6 isn’t exactly new. This engine has been upgraded and made as a treat to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Pentastar is going to be used across the range of FCA brands. After the Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, the mill can power other Jeep models, as well. However, according to Allpar, the very first Ram with this engine is going to be the 2018 Ram 1500.
Updated Pentastar Brings More Horsepower to 2018 Ram 1500
The update brought numerous improvements. Thanks to the elaborate changes, the V-6 is lighter (weights 326 lb), has new fuel injectors, less internal friction, and higher compression ratio (11.3:1). All of those improvements resulted in increased power. Now, the revised Pentastar delivers 295 horsepower inside the Grand Cherokee.
Will 2018 Ram 1500 Profit from Those Improvements?
Of course, this is not a guarantee that the same mill under the hood of the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to deliver the exact amount of power. Some speculations say that under the hood of the new Ram 1500, this engine will be able to generate more than 300 horsepower.
The fact that they managed to get 15 percent increase in torque below 3,000 implies that they’ve been thinking about other models while developing this engine, so when the new Ram 1500 gets this engine, it might be something impressive. The V-6 Pentastar also got 6 percent better fuel economy than before.
V-6 Pentastar & 8-speed Transmission
The expectations are that this engine will be mated with an eight-speed automatic (second generation ZF) transmission inside the 2018 Ram 1500. The exact specs are still secret, but there’s no doubt this engine option might be optimal for the most of the buyers.
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