Hot on the heel of the new Silverado’s unveiling, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took the wraps off the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, ushering in a new generation of the truck wars.
Like Chevy’s half-tonne pickup, the new is an improvement over its predecessor in virtually every way, shape or form. It is larger and roomier yet lighter and more fuel-efficient, more luxurious and high-tech, more versatile, and — if you were to ask us — more attractive inside and out. It also tows more.
A nearly four-inch longer length gives it more interior volume, while the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum components, including high-strength steel frame, an aluminum tailgate and hood, and composite upper control arms, make it 225 pounds lighter.
A new ‘eTorque’ mild hybrid system centered around a 48-volt battery and a belt-drive motor generator unit improves both fuel efficiency and output, adding up to 90 pound-feet of torque for the 3.6-liter V6 and up to 130 pound-feet for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
The Pentastar V6 now produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the HEMI V8 is rated higher at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A diesel engine will eventually be added and possibly even a turbocharged four-cylinder.
The redesigned RAM 1500 is lower and wider, giving it a more refined and slightly sportier appearance. Unlike the Silverado, the overall styling doesn’t deviate too much from before, though RAM’s designers ditched some of the blunt, big-rig character that defined the previous generations for a handsomer and even classier look. The trademark crosshair grille is gone as a result.
The smoother proportions along with a .357 drag coefficient and active grille shutters enhance the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency, which FCA claims is .
One of the biggest highlights and likely a major selling-point of the new RAM 1500 is the optional 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen that spans the entire center stack, providing a large spread for the 360-degree camera and split-screen views. Rear seat passengers benefit from more legroom in the full four-door crew cab version, while Air suspension contributes to a cozier on-road ride as well as load leveling and off-road capabilities.
Overall material quality is up, and naturally, a broad range of safety and convenience technology is available.
Is the new, 2019 RAM 1500 refreshing or revolting, and how do you think it compares to the latest Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150? Share you thoughts in the comments below.
Detroit Auto Show Moving From January To October?
With an increasing number of automakers shifting their attention to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Detroit finds itself in a difficult situation. The Motor city is considering moving the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) from January to October in an effort to keep it relevant.
Sources close to show organizers revealed to that the first October NAIAS would most likely take place in 2020, but a final decision has yet to be made.
What city would wan their auto show to be held in the dead of winter anyways? I’ll go with the milder Automun breeze, thank you very much.
Despite the change in dates, the show will continue to be held in the Cobo Center but could finally have some of its events take place outdoors, allowing the press and the public to possibly drive some of the cars on display. That’s precisely what automakers do at CES in Las Vegas.
The announcement comes in the wake of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to forgo the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, a decision that reflects the broader trend of the world’s automakers skipping the often expensive shows in favor of standalone, invite-only events.
Infiniti Previews Its Future Design And Technology With Q Inspiration Concept
At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti took the wraps off a concept vehicle that it says previews its future.
Not only does the so-called Q Inspiration Concept preview Infiniti’s new design direction, but it also ushers in a new era of technology for its vehicles.
It features the company’s next-generation ProPILOT system, which supposedly “liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations.” However, because it can be overridden at any time, it doesn’t completely cut the driver out of the equation.
Power is provided by by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression (VC) turbo four that is said to continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency. The VC also powers the new QX50 crossover, where it produces 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the
Jumping to styling, the Q Inspiration Concept is a four-door sedan with coupe-like profile that’s sleeker, more sculpted and more flowing than any of Infiniti’s current models, even Q60 coupe. Rear-hinged rear doors give excellent access to a futuristic interior.
Christian Meunier, Infiniti Global Division Vice President, stated:
“The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them.”
Although the Q Inspiration Concept is only a design study and isn’t destined for production, there is a chance it will influence the next-generation Q70 sedan or even a spiritual successor the Q45 flagship sedan.
Ford Will Release 40 Plugin Hybrid And Electric Vehicles By 2022
Like crosstown rival General Motors, Ford Motor Co has an onslaught of hybrid and electric cars on the way, having confirmed plans to release 40 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022.
This includes electrified versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports cars and a fully-electric performance SUV (possible called ‘Mach 1’) that offers at least a 300-mile range and goes on sale by 2020. In fact, 16 of the 40 models will be fully-electric.
To make this happen, Ford will invest more than $11 billion by 2022 and has formed ‘Team Edison’ to “own the strategy, own the planning, and interface into the trend” of EV development and production.
The Ford Escape and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln MKC and Navigator, are expected to get plug-in hybrid versions soon. Speaking of Lincoln, the brand is expected to offer a hybrid version of each of its models.
Ford is clearly sinking its feet into the inevitable electric future.
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