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FEATURE 2019WORDS AND PHOTOS BY PERRY MACK Ram 1500 30 Subscribe at suncruisermedia.com/4WDrive

While Ford and Chevrolet were mute on many features of their 2019 trucks, Ram was absolutely gushing with information. Many new design features of the Ram can be found in the Ranger and/or Silverado, including reduced weight, fully boxed frames, aluminum tailgates, off-road packages with electronic locking rear differentials, larger volume truck beds, more interior cab room, improved connectivity, LED lights in upper trims, improved aerodynamics, and smarter transmissions to improve power and efficiency. However, among the list of homogenous features Ram wants to tell you about, there are some significant features worth discussing. Standout features that are often exclusive to Ram in the halfton market at the time we write this. The biggest news in powertrain engineering is the segment exclusive eTorque mild hybrid system on the second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engines. This system uses a belt-drive motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to power the start/stop function, and adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of torque to the 3.6L Pentastar V-6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the 5.7L Hemi V-8. But before you get too excited (as I did), it doesn’t add the extra torque to the top end, but instead augments the torque on start up, and smooths out shifts between gears and during cylinder activation (moving from four to eight cylinders). All of this is integrated with the new TorqueFlight eight-speed transmission, which has 40 different shift schedules - as it recognizes requirements for https://www.youtube.com/c/4WDMagazine Volume 20/1 31

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