Revealed - Redesigned Dodge Ram

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    Dodge Unleashes Game-changer Into Truck Market

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    All-new 2009 Dodge Ram Breaks From the Herd

    • All-new, bold, powerful, "get-out-of-the-way" Dodge Ram design
    • New, aggressive "grille-forward" design
    • First-in-segment chrome-tipped dual exhaust styled dramatically into the rear bumper
    • Best-in-class aerodynamics – an estimated .422 Cd
    • Dodge Ram's first-ever crew cab, giving Dodge an entry into the largest and fastest-growing part of the market. Crew cab accounts for nearly 50 percent of market
    • New 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 provides more horsepower (380 hp) and torque (404 lb.-ft.), with increased fuel economy (an estimated 4 percent)
    • Best-in-class performance: 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds
    • New interiors with premium seating, soft-touch materials, redesigned controls, floor console with shifter, and even more storage options
    • More than 35 new or improved features
    • Industry-first RamBox cargo management system (crew cab) includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails (a total of 8.6 cubic feet of space); 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
    • Heated steering wheel a first for any Dodge vehicle
    • First-in-segment coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle provides ride and handling capabilities unexpected in a pickup truck
    • First-in-segment live SIRIUS Backseat TV™
    • 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
    • All-new 2009 Dodge Ram to arrive this fall
    • Light-duty diesel to arrive after 2009; two-mode hybrid powertrain to be offered in 2010 model year

    Dodge has been building trucks since 1917. Throughout its storied history, Dodge introduced a number of innovative trucks – the original "Suburban," aerodynamic Airflow-model trucks and the ultra-capable Power Wagon. But it was in 1994 that Dodge introduced a revolutionary Ram in the light-duty pickup market, with its "big rig" styling and iconic crosshair grille.

    "We put a truck on the market that tripled our market share," said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Jeep®/Truck Design Studio, Chrysler LLC. "Our design was polarizing – people loved it or hated it. But the people who loved it, bought it. They still do, because Dodge Ram continues to stand out from the herd of 'me-too' trucks."


    For the redesign of its all-new, next-generation Ram, Dodge pulled out all the stops.

    "Our mandate was to make a quantum leap and add even more voltage to Ram," said Scott Kunselman, Vice President – Body-on-Frame Product Team. "Our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is a game-changer in terms of capability, convenience, craftsmanship and safety."

    Capability

    In addition to the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI which produces 380 hp (283 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. (548 N·m) of torque, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram offers a 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; a six-speed manual transmission and four- and five-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 new HEMI, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram R/T regular-cab 4x2 model with a short bed and 4:10 gears blasts to best-in-class performance of 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds.

    The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is offered in regular cab, Quad Cab® and crew cab, with three box lengths: 8-foot (regular cab), 6-foot-4-inches (regular cab and Quad Cab), and a new-for-2009 box length of 5-foot-7-inches (crew cab). Five trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance: ST, SLT, TRX, Sport, and the top-of-the-line Laramie.

    An improved frame design incorporating high-strength steel supports an all-new, first-in-segment, multi-link coil spring rear suspension that improves ride and handling characteristics without sacrificing payload (up to an estimated 1,840 pounds) and towing capability (up to an estimated 9,100 pounds).

    Convenience

    The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram Crew 1500 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 4.3 cubic feet of whatever – such as 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 2009 Dodge Ram's tailgate features a standard assist feature that reduces the effort needed to raise and close the tailgate.

    Another new segment-first innovation for the 2009 Dodge Ram Crew 1500 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.

    There are many other convenient storage locations throughout the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram including a large upper glove box, map pockets in door panels and a configurable center console. All in all, there are nearly twice as many storage locations in the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram than were in the previous model.

    Technically sophisticated, yet simple-to-navigate electronic and infotainment choices include MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system available in the Quad Cab and crew cab. Also available is first-in-segment live SIRIUS Backseat TV™ and segment-first surround-sound audio.

    Other premium amenities include first-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats, available heated rear seats, first-for-Dodge heated steering wheel, one-touch up/down driver and passenger windows, automatic-on headlamps and dual-zone automatic temperature control – a first for Dodge Ram.

    Craftsmanship

    In addition to the exterior, the all-new interior of the 2009 Dodge Ram stands out with a renewed emphasis on craftsmanship expressed in premium interior appointments including six-ring instrumentation, redesigned controls, chrome accents, premium seating with improved bolsters and two-tone upholstery. An automatic-transmission floor shifter, incorporated into a configurable center console, is available for the first time in a Dodge Ram. All 2009 Dodge Ram interiors are significantly upgraded with "soft-touch" materials that feature industry-first two-tone technology and premium fit and finish. Full-width contrasting stitching is offered on soft-touch instrument panels for Sport and Laramie models.

    On the exterior, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram features a redesigned 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 – a first in light-duty pickups. Attractive 20-inch wheels are available in three styles. 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. The sculpted Ram's-head badge on the tailgate is 250 percent larger than the previous badge.

    Safety

    On the safety and security front, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram offers more than 30 active and passive safety features, including standard front and rear side-curtain air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System, knee bolsters, seat-belt pre-tensioners, Anti-lock Brake System, BeltAlert® System, and Electronic Stability Control; and available adjustable pedals, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist and ParkView® Rear Back-up Camera.

    Manufacturing

    The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram will be built in two locations: Quad Cab and Ram Crew 1500 models will be built at the Warren (Mich.) Assembly Plant, and regular cab and Ram Crew 1500 models will be built at the St. Louis North Assembly Plan in Fenton, Mo.
     
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    Excellent redesign, it's like a 4x4 Charger. :eek5:

    The Ram now looks attractive both inside and out. I love the aggressive Charger hood and face treatment as well as the integrated exhausts. They bothered to paint the door handles and mirrors too. It's about time someone besides Toyota and Nissan made a truck that actually looks like a truck and not something watered down or hopelessly vanilla. The 380hp HEMI will find it's way in the Challenger and other cars for 2009 too.

    There might be hope for Chrysler yet.
     
  3. RobsMob

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    Wow. The first Ram I'd consider buying in a long time.
     
  4. RobsMob

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    The interior is a huge leap forward.
     
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    Tasteful Styling, Dodge

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    Dodge finally made a good looking truck :eek3:
     
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    Wow, not bad at all. Things are at least starting to look up for domestics.
     
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    damn nice truck
     
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    looks pretty good, im still partial to the second gen though.
     
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    I like!
     
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    i wouldnt mind a ram with the hemi in it.
     
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    i dont really like it :hs: i think its borderline ugly
     
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    i like it in the sport package, the one on Edmunds.com looks like crap. the interior is very nice. i want to see the heavy duty!
     
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    ctd :p
     
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    I don't see a game-changer. I do see that Dodge finally de-shittified the new design they came up with a few years ago, though; that's something.

    I have to laugh at these "features", in light of how pickup trucks are the worst offenders among vehicles that promote road rage. You'd think they'd try to design a truck that makes you not care if someone's going half an MPH slower than you are, instead of one that makes you feel even more entitled to having them forcibly removed from the roadway.

    Not that I ever get in the way of large pickup trucks, mind you; I'm almost always going faster than they are, and if I'm not then I try to move aside as soon as possible. It's just funny that those "features" were at the top of the list.
     
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    Definitely not a "game-changer" It's a decent pickup, but I don't really see anything that makes this better than the GMC Sierra which is currently the winner.
     
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    Also, does anybody know what the thing's actual MPGs are? 4% improvement is great, but I want to see *real* numbers.
     
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    probably 13-14mpg city. They didn't mention it being "best in class" so it has to be less than the 21mpg that chevy gets on the highway.
     
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