The 2018 Ram 1500 redesign, scheduled for 2017, is going to make the pickup truck more efficient. Although the automaker is still very secretive about all the changes they’re going to make, it’s known with a quite reasonable degree of certainty that the 2018 Ram 1500 will suffer more or less rigorous weight loss as well as some powertrain improvements.
In order to follow the competition’s craving for never ending weight improvements – it’s not a secret that the Ford F-150, an aluminum truck, became a model for a diet within the light-duty segment – the Ram 1500 must lose more than a few pounds. There’s no doubt the redesigned Ram 1500 is going to lose weight due to an extensive use of high-strength steel, but there are rumors that claim that this isn’t going to be the only weight-loss technique.
Major Update Context
It’s hard to speculate how they’re going to make those changes, since we don’t know much about all the technology and solutions they’re going to employ, but since both the Ram 2500 and 3500 are going to get a major update in 2018 (2019 model year), some of the changes might be made with those two in mind.
2018 Ram 1500 Engine Updates
According to several different sources, the 2018 Ram 1500 is going to get its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine reengineered in order to get better EPA fuel economy. The engine update won’t spare the HEMI V-8, so the entire engine lineup is going to be improved. Also, the truck might get a couple of diesel options. It seems that the truck is going to be treated with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, but a turbocharged Cummins diesel with more impressive displacement should be expected, too.
Mild Hybrid Powertrain: How to Make Ram Fan Club out of EPA
What’s really interesting regarding the upcoming redesign is that the 2018 Ram 1500 might get a mild hybrid powertrain. It’s questionable whether the automaker’s plan is to reach remarkable CO2 emission figures and nothing else. The motive for the next-gen Ram 1500 redesign in part lies behind the low fuel prices that are expected to stay low for quite some time, so it’s not like they’re not aware of the current situation.
They probably won’t develop the hybrid Ram 1500 just because of the new EPA regulations; their conventional powertrain updates should meet all the requirements and hit the competitors really hard, but they certainly have in mind that fuel price simply can’t be as important factor as before. So, what’s their game?
What Do They Want with 2018 Ram 1500 Hybrid?
The hybrid powertrain will introduce the 2018 Ram 1500 as a green truck that relies on modern technology and it’s going to establish FCA as a top-notch automaker. And it’s not entirely about prestige. The current Ram 1500 is the most efficient truck within its niche and the people at FCA are especially proud of this fact. Also, the most of the people who are after a truck need an efficient vehicle, since they travel longer distances than an average person. In the market segment where every single mile per gallon counts, having an advantage of a couple of those means a life. After all, there’s something really interesting and appealing in having a hybrid powertrain beneath the rough armor of a truck.
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