Among the lightweight truck’s “Big Three”, the pending 2022 Ram 1500 will feature mid-generation upgrades and include a hybrid powertrain for the first time.
The hybrid option will join current gasoline and diesel powertrain options. An all-electric powertrain is on the horizon but won’t be available for at least two years.
While not confirmed, the 2022 Ram 1500 will feature the next-generation Uconnect5 infotainment system.
Prices haven’t been released and a slight increase is likely for the new Ram. It will likely be released this summer.
The 2022 Ram 1500 will have the grille and current slimmer headlamps halogen, LED and adaptive LED lighting setups.
2022 Ram 1500: Three Powertrain Options
The current Ram’s 3.6-liter, 305 horsepower engine will again be standard. A 5.7-liter Hemi engine is optional, with the V8 delivers 395 horsepower. Ram also continues to offer its EcoDiesel engine with 260 horsepower and a towing capacity of 12,560 pounds.
The hybrid variant combines a 3.6-liter V6 engine with Ram’s e-Torque system. The mild-hybrid engine improves fuel economy and generates 305 horsepower.
The 2WD setup is offered as standard, while 4WD is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available too.
Ram pickups current also feature a rearview camera, trailer-sway controLs and power-adjustable side mirrors. Heated front seats, a larger display and leather upholstery are optional.
Ford continued its nearly 45-year run as the country’s top-selling pickup truck in 2020. The combined F-Series had sales of 787,422, down 12.2 percent from 2019.
The Chevrolet Silverado was second in truck sales with 594,094. It had a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year.
The Ram 1500 finished third with sales of 563,676, a decrease of 11 percent from 2019.
Article Last Updated: January 27, 2021.
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