The 2013 Ram 1500

Refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 gets 8-speed trans, more Hemi HP in New York

The Chrysler Group announced the details for their 2013 Ram 1500 today with a slight facelift, more power from the Hemi, the new Pentastar V6, an air suspension system, start/stop technology and an 8-speed automatic transmission for both engines that is expected to help increase fuel economy by roughly 20%.

To many drivers around the US, it will be tough to distinguish the 2013 Ram 1500 from the 2012 models but when it comes to consumers visiting dealerships – the 2013 Ram 1500 offers a great deal more. More power from both the 5.7L Hemi V8 and the new Pentastar V6, more miles per gallon from both engines thanks to new technology and an 8-speed automatic transmission, more luxury inside with improved fit and finish along with an enhanced UConnect system and more versatility with an air suspension setup with modes for all sorts of situations.

The biggest news with the 2013 Ram 1500 is the addition of the new 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which is available with both the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the mighty 5.7L Hemi. The new 8-speed automatic transmission in the 2013 Ram 1500 is controlled by a new knob setup rather than the traditional handle shifter on the console or on the steering column. Mounted next to the infotainment screen in the center stack, the new Ram has a large, silver knob with PRND above it and that is how you will select your gears in the 2013 Ram. For those trucks equipped with four wheel drive, the area below the shift knob features the push button controls for the 4WD system including 2WD, 4WD lock, low and auto buttons. It will be interesting to see how the new knob shifter works out; and how well consumers respond to this new design.

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