What could it be? We have a few guesses.
Ram has released a very brief teaser video announcing that "a new force" will arrive on May 10. No additional clues were provided. So, what could it be? There are a couple of possibilities. The first is the long-awaited return of the midsize truck to the Ram brand. The Dakota was dropped back in 2011 and the segment is popular again today. We learned a few weeks ago that Ram showed a concept midsize truck to its dealerships at a private event in Las Vegas but we can't confirm whether it's been approved for production.
Regardless, it was still a concept and, typically, concepts are shown to the public for additional feedback as well. This leads us to the second and far more likely possibility: a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine option, aka the Hurricane.
This is the same engine currently being used by corporate cousin brand Jeep, so it makes sense for it to receive additional use. If the new inline-six is indeed coming to the 1500 full-size truck, then it could replace the aging 5.7-liter Hemi V8 which is rated at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. As much as people love the Hemi, the Hurricane is considerably more powerful and fuel efficient.
In the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, for example, it produces 510 hp and 500 lb-ft. There's no guarantee it'll have the same power in the 1500 but at least we know the power is there if Ram wants. What we can already confirm is that the mystery "new force" will not be another EV model because, well, the powertrain sound in the teaser is definitely ICE. In fact, it sounds awfully like an inline-six.
Phasing out the Hemi should not come as a surprise as Stellantis has been hinting for a while that will be happening. The Hurricane is the most logical replacement. A more efficient and powerful modern ICE engine is a good way to begin Ram's transition to full-scale electrification. We're also unsure whether this teaser is linked to one from last month previewing a new truck for the Brazilian market. Chances are it's not.
Unlike Ford and Toyota, Ram does not have a full-on hybrid powertrain, only a mild-hybrid setup with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. We don't know whether this will change but based on what Ram CEO Mike Koval hinted to us at the Chicago Auto Show back in February, Ram intends to move quickly on battery electric tech; the Ram 1500 REV is only the beginning. But for now, we're placing our bets on a Hurricane I6-powered 1500.
We'll have full details next Wednesday.
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