2025 Ram 1500: A Hurricane Arrives
No, it doesn't have a Hemi. At all. Sorry, old-school Mopar folks: The 2025 Dodge Ram will not have a V8.
Given the estimated power numbers Ram is tossing at us media folks -- and you the public -- that might not be a bad thing.
The two new engines are both twin-turbocharged straight sixes that displace 3.0 liters. One puts out 420 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque, while a high-output version produces 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque.
Astute readers will note that those numbers trump what the outgoing 5.7-liter Hemi offered.
Maximum towing capacity does drop a little down to 11,580 pounds -- it was at 12,750 before -- and the payload stays the same at 2,300 pounds.
If you must have a V8, the Ram Classic remains available.
The Pentastar V6 carries over with the same power numbers: 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
The TRX is no more, though Ram boss Tim Kuniskis told assembled media last week that the name has been "shelved." That leaves the door open to its return.
Or maybe not -- a Ram RHO model joins the lineup in the third quarter of next year, with a focus on off-roading and performance. It's also possible that there could be both an RHO and TRX model.
The trim walk remains mostly the same, with the addition of a new ultra-lux Tungsten model. That means it stacks up as such: Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and Tungsten.
Tungsten models will offer things like Natura leather 24-way power front seats that are also heated and cooled and offer a massage function and power headrests, a suede headliner, a 23-speaker Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system, a crystal-effect shifter cap, dual wireless device chargers, power tailgate, unique LED taillights, and more.
Other trims get unique interior treatments -- we'll not list them here, for the sake of brevity -- and Stellantis's UConnect infotainment system gets upgraded. There's either a 12-inch or a new 14.5-inch screen, and both allow for split-screen use. Passengers can get a 10.25-inch screen that lets them access navigation, devices, exterior cameras, and entertainment functions. Stellantis promises this new UConnect will respond to commands faster.
Other available goodies? Active Driving Assist, which is hands-on-wheel, eyes-on-road Level 2 autonomous driving via lane-centering and adaptive cruise control. Hands-Free Driving Assist allows for hands-off autonomy on approved roads.
Some models will have an onboard power inverter that can make up to two kilowatts and a digital rearview mirror with a tow mode will be available. Another available feature is the use of your cell phone as a digital key.
The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster will be available with a configurable head-up display.
Available advanced driver-assist features will include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward collision warning-plus, perpendicular park assist, 360-degree camera, fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition.
Other key available features include a new rear axle that splits torque between the rear wheels, various available axle ratios (3.21, 3.55, 3.92), an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and an air suspension.
A multi-function tailgate remains available, and adaptive LED front headlights are available. The RamBox remains available, of course.
The next Ram arrives at your local store in the first quarter of next year, with prices set to be announced closer to that date.
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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