Some 10 years ago it would be ridiculous to think of a full-size pickup truck with any kind of four-cylinder engine, but the times are changing and so as the trucks. Perhaps the carmakers would not even reconsider that option if the fuel economy regulations in the United States are not more stringent every day. But this won’t be all from car manufacturers. No, they are also thinking of some kind of hybrids as well.so far, we knew that Ford’s future F-150 is getting a hybrid powertrain, yet now we managed to catch a prototype of the next generation Ram 1500 with the similar system.
2019 Ram 1500 Gets A 2.0-liter Hurricane and Pacifica’s Battery
Well, more precisely, we spotted the 2019 Ram 1500 with its hood up. Our spies are positive that the truck is using a four-cylinder engine, while we are not so sure. In case they are right, we are looking into the all-new mill that will debut with the redesigned Wrangler. The iconic off-road SUV will use a 2.0-liter Hurricane engine that should be able to pump out around 300 horsepower. This is more than enough power for the base Ram 1500 without any doubt, but the carmaker is allegedly reconsidering a little help of a hybrid system. The electric part of the powertrain won’t be too complicated at all. No, you will find pretty much the same system under the second row of the floor of the new Chrysler Pacifica MPV, which hides a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid system will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission only. This will enable both, some extra power and definitely better fuel economy numbers for Ram’s bestselling nameplate.
If the 2019 Ram 1500 hybrid actually comes, it will be introduced together with the regular new generation model. According to information we have, the popular pickup truck will make the official debut next year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.