• Jun 26, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Dodge Ram

Sure, it's not a great time to debut an all-new full-size pickup truck with sales falling fast courtesy of $4/gallon gas, but unlike Ford, which has delayed the release of its redesigned '09 F-150, the all-new 2009 Ram is coming despite fuel prices and market conditions. Pickuptrucks.com reports that the new Dodge pickup will actually be offering more power underhood than originally thought. The 5.7L HEMI V8 option will see its horsepower increase from 345 to a whopping 390, while torque goes up from 375 pound-feet to 407. It was originally thought the '09 Ram would offer 380 hp and 404 pound-feet of torque, so here we have a case of underpromising and overdelivering. The improvements in power come courtesy of variable cam timing, an active intake system, higher compression ratio, improved airflow and a reworked Multiple Displacement System.

And what of speculation that there would be a Ram model capable of achieving 23 mpg highway? Not in the cards says Dodge, who told Pickuptrucks.com that the most fuel efficient model would be a regular cab 4x2 with the 3.7L V6 and 3.55:1 rear axle good for around 14 city/20 highway mpg. All Ram models, however, will receive some boost in fuel economy, and there's also a new light-duty Cummins turbodiesel and Ram 1500 Hybrid coming after 2009. The fastest Ram model will also be significantly quicker than originally thought, with an R/T regular cab 4x2 sporting a 4.10 rear axle capable of hitting 60 mph in the 5-second range. With a new coil-spring rear suspension that should provide a more compliant ride without sacrificing too much towing prowess, we think the Ram may give Dodge an opportunity to pick up some market share in the full-size pickup segment, though the bad timing will almost certainly translate into lower sales overall for the truck despite its improvements.


[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]

PRESS RELEASE

Dodge Announces Improved Fuel Economy and Best-in-class Horsepower (390) and Torque (407 lb.-ft.) for All-new 2009 Dodge Ram

New Ram Will Also Offer Best-in-class Aerodynamics (.419 Cd) and Performance (0-60 in less than 6 seconds)

  • All-new 5.7-liter HEMI® with fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS) technology offers 4 percent improved fuel economy, 13 percent more horsepower, 8 percent more torque over 2008 engine
  • Best-in-class performance: R/T regular cab 4x2 model (0-60 in less than 6 seconds)
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics: .419 coefficient of drag (Cd) for crew-size 4x4 models to help fuel economy
  • Flexible-fuel-capable 4.7-liter V-8 offers 6 percent increased fuel efficiency, more performance and refinement over previous-generation 4.7-liter engine
  • 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine in Dodge Ram Heavy Duty achieves 2010 NOx emission standards in all 50 states right now, making it the cleanest and best-performing diesel available on the market
  • All-new light-duty diesel to be introduced after 2009 - up to a 25-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over a gasoline engine with equivalent horsepower and torque
  • All-new Ram 1500 Hybrid model to be introduced in 2010 model year – up to 40 percent fuel economy improvement in the city and 25 percent overall

Chelsea, Mich., Jun 26, 2008 - This morning, Dodge will showcase its new 2009 Dodge Ram powertrain lineup at the company's proving grounds. Powertrain choices in all-new 2009 Dodge Ram models will offer improved fuel economy plus more power, torque and refinement than ever before.
Engines available in all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 models include the all-new, best-in-class, 390-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI®, flex-fuel 4.7-liter and 3.7-liter gasoline engines. The 2009 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty models (with current 2008 design) are available with either the 5.7-liter HEMI or the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, which already achieves 2010 NOx emission standards, making it the cleanest and best-performing heavy-duty pickup truck in the market.

"While the all-new HEMI engine maintains the key characteristics that makes HEMI a household name in powertrains, we added new technologies, including Variable Valve Timing, that substantially improve fuel economy and refinement and maximize performance," said Bob Lee, Vice President – Powertrain Product Engineering Team, Chrysler LLC.

"Our all-new Dodge Ram also offers best-in-class aerodynamics to go hand-in-hand with Chrysler's fuel-saving technologies," said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing and Communications, Chrysler LLC. "And, with Dodge Ram's first-ever crew cab, first-in-segment coil-spring rear suspension, industry-first RamBox cargo management system and more than 35 new or improved features, we're changing the game in the truck market."

All-new 5.7-liter HEMI to Offer Best-in-class Horsepower and Torque
For 2009, Dodge offers a new generation of the famous 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 in its Ram trucks, with best-in-class horsepower and torque. The new HEMI powers the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram to best-in-class performance: the R/T regular-cab 4x2 model equipped with a short bed and 4:10 gears can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

While the all-new engine maintains many of the basic features that make "HEMI" synonymous with "power," several technologies were added or improved:

  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
  • Expanded operating range of the fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS)
  • Increased compression ratio
  • Active intake manifold with long runners for low-end torque and short runners for high-rpm power
  • Improved cylinder head port flow efficiency
  • Reduced-restriction exhaust and induction systems
The result is improved idle quality and overall refinement, more horsepower (13 percent), more torque (8 percent) and better fuel economy (4 percent).

"The all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine will offer our customers better fuel economy, improved idle quality and overall refinement, along with more horsepower and torque," said Lee. "HEMI has always been synonymous with power, and now – thanks to VVT, expanded four-cylinder mode in our MDS system, and a host of other technologies – Chrysler's new HEMI delivers more fuel efficiency and refinement, along with even more power."

The new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers best-in-class 390 hp (291 kW), a 13-percent improvement, and 407 lb.-ft. (552 N•m) of torque, an 8-percent improvement, while providing an estimated improvement of 4 percent in fuel economy.

The HEMI's new VVT improves fuel economy under some conditions in two ways. First, it reduces the engine's pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the crankshaft instead of being rejected out of the exhaust port as heat. Essentially, VVT optimizes engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power.

Dodge's fuel-saving MDS system seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the new 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand. An expanded MDS operating range in the new-for-2009 HEMI - aided in part by the Ram's best-in-class aerodynamics - will allow customers to realize an even-greater fuel economy benefit. When MDS is operating, it is indicated by the fuel-economy-mode readout in the 2009 Dodge Ram's Electronic Vehicle Information Center.

Chrysler estimates that since its inception of MDS in 2005, nearly 100 million gallons of gasoline have been saved, along with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of close to a million metric tons.

4.7-liter V-8
An available 4.7-liter V-8 delivers 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque.

The 4.7-liter V-8 shares some of the HEMI engine's combustion technology with its twin spark plugs per cylinder. It also makes use of increased compression ratio, improved cylinder head port flow and a new slant/squish combustion system designed to optimize fuel economy, power and torque.

This engine is also compatible with E85 fuel, earning the Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) designation that provides customers the option of operating their vehicle on mixtures of gasoline and ethanol.

3.7-liter V-6
Unlike some others in the marketplace, Dodge will continue to offer customers a V-6 engine.

Standard on all-new 2009 Dodge Ram two-wheel-drive regular cab and Quad Cab® models is a 3.7-liter Magnum V-6 engine, generating 215 horsepower (160 kW) and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque.

Similar to the 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter V-8 engines, the 3.7-liter V-6 is equipped with Electronic Throttle Control, which provides engine torque control while compensating for changes in engine load caused by the air conditioning compressor, alternator and power steering pump.

The 3.7-liter V-6 also offers fuel economy and performance benefits from technologies including exhaust gas recirculation, compacted graphite-iron bedplate and internal balance shaft.

6.7-liter Cummins Turbodiesel: Cleanest on the Market
The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty's 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine already meets 2010 truck emissions standards in all 50 states, making the 2009 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty the cleanest diesel truck available on the market today.

The inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engine uses a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to virtually eliminate particulate matter emissions and an adsorber catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by as much as 90 percent.

In addition to the NOx adsorber and the DPF, the 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine includes other technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce unburned hydrocarbons:

A cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system combines with a uniquely designed piston combustion bowl and a high-flow, electronically controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT™), matching boost pressure with the engine's performance needs to reduce emissions and improve drivability
Within the exhaust system, a self-cleaning DPF and an oxidation catalyst reduces particulate matter by a factor of 10. The emissions system is designed for a government-certified 120,000 miles
A closed crankcase ventilation system eliminates crankcase fumes and oil carry-over, a common process with past diesels
As durable as it is powerful, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel has life-to-major overhaul intervals of 350,000 miles, providing more than a 100,000-mile advantage over the competition.

All-new Light-duty Cummins Turbodiesel
Dodge will introduce an all-new Cummins turbodiesel engine in its light-duty pickup trucks after 2009.

The new engine will provide a dramatic increase in low-end torque, up to a 25-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions when compared to an equivalent gasoline engine.

With new, clean, quiet diesel technology, the new diesel engine will meet 50-state emissions standards for 2010.

All-new Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid
The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid, available after 2009, will be the latest addition to Chrysler LLC's fuel-efficient lineup, joining clean diesel, HEMI and flex-fuel vehicles.

Combining Chrysler's Multi-displacement System (MDS) and two-mode hybrid technology to greatly improve fuel economy, the 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid V-8 offers performance and efficiency with up to 40 percent fuel economy improvement in the city and 25 percent overall. The two-mode hybrid system is currently being introduced in the company's 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid and 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid.

The two-mode hybrid system uses electric motors to allow the HEMI V-8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often, improving fuel economy.

In the first mode – at low speeds and with light loads – the vehicle may operate on electric power only, on engine power only, or any combination of the two. The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid may operate in electric-only mode during slow starts (city driving) up to 25 mph, further conserving fuel and reducing emissions. In addition, the HEMI V-8 can shut down when the vehicle comes to a stop or during deceleration, to conserve fuel and then seamlessly restart when power is necessary.

The second mode, used primarily at highway speeds, augments electric assist with full power from the 5.7-liter HEMI when conditions demand it.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid also features regenerative braking, which recycles electric energy that would normally be lost during braking or deceleration. This energy is reused to power the vehicle.

The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid will also benefit from Dodge Ram's best-in-class aerodynamics, which allows a greater operating range of MDS.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Also keep in mind that Dodge, in a good market, sells half as many Rams as Ford does F-150s...Many of Dodge's sales are also HD Cummins trucks, which will always have an industry market regardless of consumer trends. Consider this, in 1993 (Last year of the square nose Ram) Dodge only sold 90,000 Rams, and most of those were Cummins powered. Even with the current sky is falling mentality out there, they are selling far more than that. Chrysler is shooting to produce a product line that sells 100,000 units per vehicle. Even with severe market adjustment, Dodge should be able to move 150-200,000 Rams.
      • 6 Years Ago


      A power increase?

      What is Chrysler thinking?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look at this. Dodge is increasing horsepower in its big trucks and releasing thim on schedule. Ford is delaying the release of its new F150 by two months.

      I remember Truck Trend suggesting that with the simultaneous arrival of these two trucks, it was just a matter of time before one of the companies would break under the stress of the current market situation. It looks like Ford blinked.

      Dodge realizes that true truck buyers (those who buy trucks for their real purpose, work and hauling, and not not those who don't realize that a four-door crew cab pickup is no substitute for a family hauler) will buy a truck no matter what the market condition looks like, and they are not going to take a chance on snubbing customers who were waiting for the new Ram to debut. By delaying the F-series launch, Ford may have shot itself in the foot and chased potential buyers to Dodge and possibly GMC, Chevy, and Toyota (Nissan may even move a few Titans, too). This is not the time for anyone to cry uncle. Sure, Chrysler needs to add small cars (and trucks) to its lineup, but they're not going to be stupid enough to ignore its other offerings. I applaud Dodge for this bold move.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford wants to get rid of its massive stockpile of current F-150s without selling them at a loss. Dodge seems to not care to let their Ram supplies thin out like Ford does with the F-150.

        I beleive people the NEED a truck will buy the current F-150 at a really good price and will not wait for the new one. I think Ford's strategy is a little better given the way the market is sliding without an end in sight.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As an economist, I do NOT applaud Dodge for this "bold" move. (Just as I do not applaud Dodge for many of their "moves." Dodge has been, by far, making the worst decisions out of the "Big 3.") Dodge doesn't understand how to read the changing market and consumer base. Ford did the right thing this time. It's a catch-22 for Dodge, Ford, GM, and Toyota but Ford chose the lesser of the two horribles.

        I highly doubt that a significant amount of potential customers (consumers and professionals) will move away from the F series to the Ram because of a 2 month delay.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still say Dodge made a smart decision. I don't think Ford is a bad company, they just made bad business decisions like delaying the launch of what is still their most important vehicle, letting Mercury die a slow death, cancelling the Lincoln LS (one of their best modern cars, ever), and letting Kirk Kerkorian have some level of say in the company. No, I'm not an economist, but a person who's followed the industry for most of my 40+ years. I know Ford will come out of its slump, but not before Chrysler.

        Sorry if I' submitted this before. I need to check my system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing sure looks badass. Those who are worried about the gas mileage, DON'T BUY 'EM! This is America, where we are free to drive whatever we feel like driving. I wish I had $30,000 to go buy an RT
      • 6 Years Ago
      14/20 MPG, what will that be in GPM?

      Doesn't look very aerodynamic. I likes Dodge truck more than any other for they always looked better than Fords and GMs. Now, I think Toyota stole that title from Dodge. While appearing more refined for pushing itself through air, Toyota looks very nice. Dodge isn't bad, but there is nothing to get excited about its looks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I disgaree. I think the Tundra suffers from Toyotas styling trend of making their products look bloated. It looks like a bloated version of the better looking tacoma. Then there's that nasty interior...bleh.

        To each their own of course. :)
      • 6 Years Ago


      A power increase?

      What is Chrysler thinking?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 2004 Dodge 1500 Quad Cab now. It's a good truck, but not terribly comfortable. I'll probably get a new truck next year and was leaning towards Chevy, but if the new Ram is as comfortable as it looks, I think I'll stick with Dodge. This looks to be an amazing truck. Light years ahead of its predecessors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One thing to remember when talking about bringing new products to market. This new Ram has probably been in development 2-3 years minimum, and I'm sure Chrysler is aware they need more/better small cars and are working very diligently to that end. Rumors of massive efforts on reengineering their midsize car platform after just introducing it, a new 300C coming in 2010, and working on subcompact with Nissan. This hyperrun of gas prices really has only occured in last 1.5 years or so, and while they were likely behind the curve a little to start, give them a little time to get it together. It would have been foolish to abandon this new Ram after years of developing it. Time will tell in the next year or two whether they will figure the car equasion out correctly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This just may be my next purchase
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was wondering how they were going to leapfrog Ford/GM/Toyota to 23 MPG, I guess it wasn't true afterall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fuel stings, and ever bit of efficiency will help - but realistically, if people are using this as their secondary vehicle for towing and work - then it shouldn't be as big of an issue.

      If you're commuting, yea, could be bad but I think that goes without saying.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That will sure help you do your contractor's job building America a lot quicker: under 6 seconds from 0 to 60, that's fast! And then you scratch your head and say "wow, we should make fuel out of corn, this foreign-oil dependance is hurting America, and there is nothing we cando about it..."
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