A pair of planned, more fuel efficient versions of the Dodge Ram pickup apparently remain as on-track as any program can be said to be in the current Chrysler situation. Our buddy Mike Levine at PickupTrucks.com spoke with Chrysler product development VP Frank Klegon about what's coming for the Ram. In spite of similar programs being canceled or delayed at Toyota, Ford and General Motors, Chrysler is moving ahead with its light duty diesel program. A Cummins diesel expected to displace 5.0L with a V8 configuration that will launch in 2010 - if Chrysler lasts that long.

The HEMI V8/two-mode hybrid powertrain from the short-lived Aspen and Durango will also find a new home in the Ram. This would make the Ram the only hybrid pickup truck alongside the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra. The hybrid is expected to launch for the 2010 model year.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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