New Powertrain for 2019 RAM 1500


Shopping for a new RAM truck at Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM Chesapeake? Your timing couldn’t be better, since chances are that you’ll be snagging the first 2019 RAM 1500 with hybrid technology. 

New RAM trucks with gas engines get a new system called eTorque. Unlike the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid, which can be powered by either the gas engine or the electric motor, the 48V motor found in the RAM 1500, paired to a storage battery, takes the place of the alternator. 

The system draws its name from its key benefit. Whether you opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine or the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, you’re getting more pound-feet of torque. To be exact, you’ll get 90 lb.-ft. more in the V6, and an added 130 lb.-ft. out of the HEMI. Interestingly, it’s not being tacked onto either engine’s peak torque; instead, you’re getting it at the low end of the RPM range, where torque is usually lower. That means faster starts, especially if you’re hauling or towing. 

There’s a reason for the difference in torque output between both engines. The RAM 1500 has a big enough engine bay to handle much more than the V6 engine. However, that combination of engine and eTorque will be making its way to other models in the years ahead, and it made more sense to keep the entire setup uniform from one vehicle to the next.

If you’re looking for an SUV instead of a truck, you won’t be left out in the cold. The next-generation 2019 Jeep Wrangler has one powertrain option — a turbo four-cylinder engine with eTorque — as well. 

For more information on these and other new features in RAM trucks, visit Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Chesapeake at 3353 Western Branch Blvd., today.

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