Although the brand new 2019 Ram 1500 is already in dealers and in our own garage, something has happened: The base V6-equipped variant. Ram debuts the V6 models later this year to prioritize the release of the most popular V8 models.
Anyway, the changes introduced with V6-equipped Ram will undoubtedly increase its desire.
Revised V6 and Transmission
For the sake of the changes elsewhere to the Ram 1500 by 2019, transition to our first drive.
Let's dive right into changes initiated with V6-equipped 2019 Ram 1500 da. The engine is the updated version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 available elsewhere in the Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Compared with the 201
Although the V6 changes do not release any extra ground, efficiency has improved. It is even before you consider the fuel saving effect of eTorque, which is a mild hybrid system that is standard on V6 and optionally on V8. There are some differences between the implementation of eTorque on the two engines, but they are fundamentally both bandwidth starter (BSG) systems with a 48 volt twist. This voltage excitement increases eTorque's ability to former 12-volt mild hybrid input from other automakers.
eTorques Bits and Pieces
The Rams eTorque mild hybrid system consists of a brake-powered 48 volt motor / generator, an integrated converter, short-circuit power cords and a small rear seat back module. The module contains a 430 watt lithium-ion battery and a DC-DC converter that spans out the 12 volt power used by the rest of the truck. The latter allows eTorque to accommodate the conventional tape-powered generator.
These relatively simple hybrid systems do not add much weight. The ETorque system on the V6 Ram adds about 105 pounds to total curb weight, or 90 pounds on the V8 Ram. The reason why it's smaller with V8 is because the V8 system is bundled with a lighter aluminum spare wheel and a smaller fuel tank of 23 liters. (The standard V8 tank has 26 liters, a 33-liter tank is optional.) Maximum new payload and tipping capacity for eTorque-equipped V8 Rams, naturally fallen from a hair compared to regular V8 Rams.  2019 Frame 1500 ” />
Save fuel is the point
While the eTorque system is capable of delivering a maximum of 90 lb-ft of torque to the V6 crankshaft (130 lb-ft in V8), just do it very low engine speeds. As such, the peak power and torque figures you are familiar with are unaffected by the presence or absence of eTorque. Furthermore, eTorque not only provides electric propulsion. Instead, the idea behind eTorque is to strengthen fuel economy.
When lifting the throttle or slows down the brake pedal, eTorque provides regenerative braking by applying a load on the engine / generator to produce electrical energy that is then stored in the battery. Later, during low-speed acceleration events, the battery delivers this juice to the engine / generator to provide torque torque for the engine. We speak small amounts of help here and there to fill in small dips in the gasoline power supply. The ETorque system is capable of doing this in bits measured in milliseconds. In this way, the eTorque engine releases the propulsion load a little bit at a time.
eTorque also works as a highly refined stop-start system for the same reason. Its ability to fill dips and flat impact in the engine's power transmission helps stop and begin to become smoother and more responsive than they would be with a conventional 12-volt startup system. With low engine rotation, the mild hybrid system also helps to simplify gear changes and reduces shift shock.
If you give the Ram 1500 station station completely, eTorque's boost to propulsion is already under way when the accelerator pedal touches the carpet; At 1200 rpm, eTorque's torque contribution is greatly reduced. Over 2000 rpm or so, eTorque is essentially together for the trip, progressive.
Fuel Economy Upside
Although final testing is not completed for V6 models, the EPA city and combined fuel economy numbers for 2019 Ram 1500 V6 are expected to be 2 to 3 mpg higher than the 2018 model. This improvement can not be attributed only to eTorque; It also reflects the new truck's lighter weight, tougher shape and more efficient V6 engine. The system's effect is more noticeable when examining V8 models. EPA figures for a four-wheel drive V8 eTorque truck are 19 mpg combined (17 city / 22 freeway). These numbers are 2 mpg higher for combined (and city) than for V8 without eTorque.
Two mpg can not sound like much, but for a light truck it's big. In terms of the actual amount of fuel (and associated dollars) stored, 2 mpg is more meaningful in a Ram than it is in an already lousy compact hybrid car. Ram engineers are sure that eTorque's fuel economy figures will be readily available in the real world as well.
However, eTorque's influence is basically dependent on low-action surgery. If you choose V6 Ram with shorter 3.55 or 3.92 axle ratios instead of standard 3.21, the engine will operate at slightly higher revolutions when the truck moves. Similarly, rope / haul mode has been switched on. eTorque will still help in both of these cases, but the effect will be dull something.
What it's like to drive
We drove eTorque editions of the V6 and V8 Ram, and overall impression is one of vulnerability. eTorque is largely invisible in operation. The nature of the hybrid hybrid system's integration is such that the engine behaves in a way that is fully known – there is no motor driving or electrical operation, and unusual sounds are limited to the sporadically weak battery of the battery range.
To the front of the power supply, it is known that there is no noticeable rise in available pressure.
Using the brake pedal, the transmission between regenerative braking and friction brakes is well done. Light brake pedal applications have a slightly synthetic hybrid-y feeling if you're really looking for it, but there's nothing to get your job done with.
The eTorque stop-start feature allows you to shut down the engine and restart without having lurches. It also reacts snappily enough that even stubborn people will be won over. Transmission changes are very smooth, either at eTorque assisted low speed or at higher engine speeds.
The Most Refined Pickup
A Ram crew cab with the V6 stations in an unladen and competent manner, and we would like to recommend V6 if you're shopping for a new Ram. Imagine, V8's shovel is even better, and it's also its medium-sized engine note. But it's always the money factor. On a Big Horn Crew Cab 4WD truck, for example, V8 is $ 1,195 more expensive than V6, and adding eTorque to V8 costs an additional $ 1,450. It will take several years for the fuel savings of eTorque to be similar to what you paid in front, but the value will be there eventually.
2019 Ram 1500 has unusually elevated refinement in full-size, and eTorque's modest enhancements to driveability only burn this impression. Even though fuel savings are on a multi-year route, they can improve behavior daily. The 2019 frames with eTorque-equipped V8 are available today and the V6 will beat retailers within the last months of 2018.