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
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
Sierra. The hybrid is expected to launch for the 2010 model year.