The Pentastar V-6 engine-equipped 2013 Ram 1500 Bowed at the 2012 New York Auto Show


Chrysler has finally revealed the 2013 Ram 1500 which is powered by a Pentastar V-6 engine and this has happened at the 2012 New York Auto Show. During this event, Chrysler has provided a number of important information about the 2013 Ram 1500 and most of the details included on the car maker’s statements have truly delighted some of the car buyers and automotive experts that were present in the said event.

According to Chrysler, one of the existing models of the 2013 Ram 1500 that will be released in the automotive market in the near future will be equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s impressive performance was further enhanced by the company’s use of the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.

The TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission was the product of Chrysler’s partnership with ZF. Unlike the conventional transmission that uses a shift lever which is mounted on the console, the TorqueFlite is using and controlled by the rotary “e-shift” knob which is mounted on the  vehicle’s instrument panel. Due to this rotary “e-shift: knob, the 2013 Ram 1500’s transmission helps in making the vehicle more fuel-efficient.

The Pentastar V-6 was the engine that Chrysler has used to replace the 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission which is only capable of producing up to 215 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. Due to this, it is quite obvious that the current version of the Ram 1500 particularly the Pentastar V-6 –powered model is more powerful compared to its predecessor.

But despite of the increase in the maximum power output and amount of torque produced by the new Pentastar V-6 engine used on the 2013 Ram 1500, the vehicle’s fuel consumption is better compared to the previous year’s version. Based on the company’s estimates the 2013 Ram 1500 which is equipped with the new Pentastar engine is almost 20 percent more fuel-efficient compared to the previous year’s models.

Aside from the introduction of the new Pentastar V-6 engine and the TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, Chrysler has also implemented a few revisions on the Ram 1500 to complete the vehicle’s overhaul. This includes the installation of a larger grille, revised foglamps, LED tail lamps and turn signals, new front fascia, and quad projection headlamps.

The Ram 1500’s interior was also upgraded. The vehicle’s seats and door panels were revised, the materials used inside the cabin are more upscale, and the number of standard features has increased. Due to these improvements, Chrysler is optimistic that the 2013 Ram 1500 would emerge as one of the most sought about truck models for this year.

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