The Ram Finally joins the rest of the modern truck world in providing a torsion bar independent front suspension and precise rack and pinion steering on its 4 wheel drive model. A hydro formed frame contributes to a more rugged platform. Available models include the ST, SLT and SLT Plus. The Sport Appearance Group can dress up the SLT model further. The Sport has been toned from last year, with only fog lamps, some body color trim, and small badges on the rear door pillars as outward identifiers. Those massive 20 in. chrome wheels are part of either the Image Group or the 20 in wheel and Tire Sport Group. Sharp eyes will note that each Ram model has its own distinct treatment. The base engine in the 1500 is the 3.7 liter V6 that made its debut last year in the Jeep Liberty. It replaces the old 175 bhp ohv 3.9 liter V6. The sohc, even firing 90 degree V6 produces 210 bhp, although since it is available only in the regular cab 2 wheel drive ST model, it won’t be seen in great numbers.
The 4.7 liter sohc V8 will likely be the work horse. This engine replaces the old pushrod 5.2 liter V8 in the lineup. With 240 bhp and 300 lb. ft of torque, it gives away nothing in the power department. The top engine is the 5.9 liter V8, rated at 245 bhp and 335 lb. ft of torque. The big new Ram incorporates many small surprises too, such as the rear folding, flat load steel floor, and the optional storage bin under the front center seat cushion. Even the little things contribute to the big picture.