Dodge reveals powertrain lineup for 2009 Ram

Dodge reveals powertrain lineup for 2009 Ram

Dodge has announced its new powertrain lineup for the 2009 Ram pickup, revealing improved fuel economy over the outgoing model and best-in-class power ratings, aerodynamics and performance. Engines available in all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 models include a range-topping 390hp (291kW) 407lb-ft (552Nm) 5.7L model, flex-fuel 4.7L and 3.7L petrol models or a 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel engine in the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty.

Providing best-in-class performance, the HEMI V8 engine has been improved with variable valve time, cylinder deactivation, increased compression ratios, an active intake manifold, reduced-restriction exhaust and induction systems and soon a hybrid option. Power is up 13%, torque is up 8% and fuel-consumption is down 4% compared with previous models.

With the new engine on board, the R/T regular-cab 4x2 model equipped with a short bed and 4:10 gears can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 6 seconds. Other changes to the lineup include the Dodge Ram’s first-ever crew cab and first-in-segment coil-spring rear suspension.

The available 4.7L V8 delivers 310hp (231kW) and 330lb-ft (447Nm) of torque. The base 3.7L V6 engine generates 215hp (160kW) and 235lb-ft (319Nm) of torque.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid, available after 2009, will be the latest addition to Chrysler fuel-efficient lineup. Combined with the cylinder deactivation, regenerative brakes and the new HEMI engine, the hybrid powertrain will improve fuel-economy by 25% on the mixed-cycle compared with the standard model.

The two-mode hybrid system uses electric motors to allow the HEMI V8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often, improving fuel economy.