2013 Ram 1500 Joining in the V6 Powered Pickup Parade
Updated September 19, 2012
Chrysler has given in and joined the full-size V6 powered truck game. The 2013 Ram 1500 is set to arrive in showrooms sometime in October, and is expected to be one of the most impressive V6 to power a full-size truck yet. Not only did Chrysler decide to make the Ram its own entity, but will also limit the name to only trucks and commercial vans. The Dodge name will cover everything else from the minivans, to the crossovers to the compact sedans like the new Dart.
With every other automaker trying to build full-size trucks that still maintain the power of a V8, yet enjoy the fuel economy of a V6, the new Ram 1500 will arrive just in time. With the popularity of the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost, Chrysler hopes that they will be able to keep their truck lovers by giving them what the competition has, as well as trying to convert Ford and GMC truck buyers to try out the new Ram. Prior to the push for more economic full-size trucks, most V6 pickups were considered the “cheap” version and lacked the power to get out of its own way, let alone tow anything of any considerable size. Former V6 pickups seemed to be meant for those that wanted to be trendy and buy a full-size pickup, but had no intention of using it for anything besides hauling some groceries and a friend or two.
The 2013 Ram will have a long list of advanced features, both standard and optional. The new 305hp, 3.6-liter V6 and 8spd automatic transmission combination will provide, per Chrysler, outstanding fuel economy and relatively light torque. It will also be offered in a laundry list of cab and bed size, drivetrains and towing capacity. Along with the 3.6-liter V6, if you are not concerned with the fuel economy, you also have the choice of a 310hp, 4.7-liter V8, or for the true Mopar fan, the 395hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8. While the new V6 will come standard with the 8spd automatic transmission, the remaining V8 powered Ram trucks will come standard with a 6spd automatic transmission. The 8spd automatic will be available with the V8 Hemi early in 2013, as it will be the same combination to power the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT-8. With a choice of a regular cab, quad cab, crew cab, three bed lengths and a long list of other options including bucket or bench seats, leather, cloth, 4WD, 2WD, there is no combination a buyer can come up with that is not available.
Now to the bad part, you will pay more for the 2013 Ram 1500, especially if you decide you want all the good stuff. The least expensive Ram will put you back about $28,000, but if you have your heart set on a crew cab, Hemi powered, leather appointed, every toy in the book Ram that has the capability of towing the dealership you bought it from, spending $60,000 and up is not out of the question. Nevertheless, for those who are diehard Mopar truck fans, you will not be upset spending the money for exactly what you want. For those thinking about trading in their F-150 or Silverado for a Ram, there may be a bit of stick shock, but Chrysler assures that the new Ram is well worth every penny.
Gone are the days that people bought full-size pickups as strictly vehicles to drive to work, haul everything in the world and to treat like a truck. Pickups today can be as luxurious, or in some cases, more luxurious than some full-size sedans, with the extra bonus of a bed and towing package to haul your “stuff”. So whether you are looking for your first full-size truck or looking to upgrade from the one you already have, it is worth giving the new Ram a look when it arrives next month, Chrysler is betting that they can convert some Ford and Chevy truck owners into happy Ram customers.
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