Added to that, there's a new six-speed automatic transmission with an updated torque converter. Ram says that the transmission should not only be stronger, but lead to improved fuel efficiency as well. With the new power in the big Cummins, the 4500 and 5500 series chassis cab trucks get a combined gross weight increase from 26,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds.
Full details in the PR blast after the jump.
New six-speed automatic transmission calibration with Electronic Range Select (ERS)
New torque converter with increased efficiency for improved fuel economy
New steering wheel with cruise control buttons
New 2012 colors: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, True Blue Pearl and Tequila Sunrise
Eleven Ram 1500 models, Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn
Factory spray-in bed liner available on all models
Exclusive-in-segment coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle provides ride and handling capabilities unexpected in a pickup truck
Bold, powerful, "get-out-of-the-way" Ram design
Best-in-class aerodynamics – an estimated .419 Cd
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 provides more horsepower (390 hp), torque (407 lb.-ft.) and 20 mpg
Shockingly fast performance: 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds (R/T model)
Premium seating, soft-touch materials, easy-to-use controls, floor console with shifter, and numerous storage options
Industry-first RamBox® cargo management system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails
Pickup bed divider/2-foot bed extender; and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats
RamBox bins hold up to 10 cases of 12-ounce beverages, or other gear for work or leisure
First-in-segment "store in the floor" storage bins with removable liners, big enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice
First-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats also available
First-in-segment surround-sound audio system
More than 30 safety features, including standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system and electronic stability program with Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control
Side seat airbags (late availability)
Unsurpassed powertrain limited warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles
September 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Ram 1500 offers a variety of models for customers who rely on their trucks for work and play.
"The Ram 1500 lineup has a truck for everyone," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico - Chrysler Group LLC. "From the value-priced Tradesman with a standard V-8 to the loaded Laramie Longhorn, Ram Truck brand will continue to answer our customers' needs with products that hit high marks for durability, innovation and appearance."
In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 which produces 390 horsepower (283 kW), 407 lb.-ft. (548 N•m) of torque and 20 mpg, the 2012 Ram 1500 offers a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter V-8 providing 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, and a 3.7-liter V-6 generating 215 horsepower (160 kW) and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque; five and six-speed automatic transmissions; part-time and on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer cases and 3.21, 3.55, 3.92 and 4.10 axle ratios.
Equipped with the HEMI, the 2012 Ram R/T regular-cab 4x2 model with a short bed and 4:10 gears blasts from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The 2012 Ram 1500 is offered in Regular Cab, Quad Cab® and Crew Cab models, with three box lengths: 8-foot (Regular Cab), 6-foot-4-inches (Regular Cab and Quad Cab), and 5-foot-7-inches (Ram 1500 Crew Cab). Eleven trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.
A frame design incorporating high-strength steel supports segment-exclusive, multi-link coil spring rear suspension that improves ride and handling characteristics without sacrificing payload (up to 1,850 pounds) and towing capability (up to 10,250 pounds).
The 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab features an available first-in-segment RamBox cargo management system that provides weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage compartments integrated into both fender sides for effortless access and convenience. Each box holds up to five cases (120 cans) of 12-ounce beverages.
The RamBox system includes a bed divider/2-foot bed extender for oversize loads and a rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats for infinitely adjustable tie-down capability. The Ram's tailgate features a standard assist feature that reduces the effort needed to raise and close the tailgate.
Another segment-first innovation for the Ram 1500 Crew Cab is a pair of "store in the floor" bins with removable liners that offer even more versatile storage - large enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice. Locking lids are available from Mopar.
There are many other convenient storage locations throughout the Ram 1500 including large upper and lower glove boxes, map pockets in door panels and a configurable center console.
Technically sophisticated, yet simple to navigate, electronic and infotainment choices include a media center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system available in the Quad Cab and Crew Cab. Also available is segment-first surround-sound audio.
Other premium amenities include first-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats, available heated rear seats, one-touch up/down driver and passenger windows, automatic-on headlamps and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
In addition to the exterior, the interior of the Ram 1500 stands out with an emphasis on craftsmanship expressed in premium interior appointments including six-ring instrumentation, controls, chrome accents, premium seating with bolsters and two-tone upholstery. An automatic-transmission floor shifter, incorporated into a configurable center console, is available. All Ram 1500 interiors feature "soft-touch" materials with premium fit and finish. Full-width contrasting stitching is offered on soft-touch instrument panels for select models.
On the exterior, the Ram 1500 features an aluminum hood with a large power bulge and a forward-canted grille, imparting a "head down, ready to charge" attitude, while front and rear bumpers wrap around each body side. The rear bumper on HEMI-equipped models is radiused over chromed dual exhaust tips. Attractive 20-inch wheels are available. Sills are pulled down to cover frame rails for a premium appearance. Badges are three-dimensional, rather than decals, and are designed to stand out.
On the safety and security front, the Ram 1500 offers more than 30 active and passive safety features, including standard front and rear side-curtain air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System, side seat airbags, knee bolsters, seat belt pretensioners, anti-lock brake system, BeltAlert® system, and electronic stability control; and available adjustable pedals, ParkSense® rear park assist and ParkView® rear back-up camera.
The Ram 1500 is built in two locations: Quad Cab and Crew Cab 1500 models are built at the Warren (Mich.) Assembly Plant, and Regular Cab models are built at the Saltillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.