New York: 2013 Ram 1500 gets power, 8-speed Automatic image

At the Chrysler Group LLC unveils a new version of its Ram 1500 truck.

When it goes on sale this fall, the 2013 Ram 1500 gets a new base V-6 engine ,an available eight-speed transmission – and stop-start technology.

It shuts off the engine when the truck comes to a complete stop, restarting it when the driver’s foot comes off the brake.

There’s also a system that keeps the transmission fluid at 190 degrees, reducing friction.

“We’re going to be best-in-class fuel economy in both the V-6 and V-8 segments,” Diaz said in a telephone interview from the New York auto show. Chrysler redesigned the truck to “extract every ounce of MPG that we could out of this vehicle.”

A 5.7L HEMI V8 with cylinder cut-off and VVT offers 395 hp, 407 lb-ft of torque and 20% better fuel economy than the 2012 V8 powertrain.

Chrysler says it will also offer best-in-class towing and payload capacity of 11,500 pounds and 3,125 pounds, respectively, in the Ram 1500 Tradesman version.

The new 8-speed automatic (with 100% more gears!) is standard with the V6 and will be available later with the HEMI.

Exterior: Although the majority of the 2013 1500’s changes lie beneath its skin, Ram subtly tweaked the truck’s styling for some freshness. A new front bumper houses vertical fog lights that provide more light than their horizontal predecessors and offers bigger openings around the front tow hooks.

The wheels and taillamps are also revised, with LED lighting distinguishing the upper models (along with wheel styles and grille-inserts).

Interior: Chrysler says it’s redesigned with upgraded materials. It has new heating and air conditioning controls, new shifter controls and added touch-screen systems.
The 2013 Ram will debut with the latest and most innovative technology it has ever had in a pickup. The Uconnect Access system uses an 8.4-inch touch-screen that allow s a user to organize and coordinate music, maps, web searches, messages, email, phone calls and much more.
Ram wants to offer customers access to a customizable media center, making the system more like a home PC rather than a typical navigation computer and music storage.