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FCA Might Have Dropped Hints About A Hellcat-Powered Ram 1500 Rebel 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hellcat, RAM, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


The Dodge Ram SRT-10 went out of production over a decade ago but the unveiling of the 2019 Ram 1500 has stoked rumors of an all-new Hellcat model.
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All-New 2019 RAM Pickup Conquers Detroit With Multiple 1500 Specs 15
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, Mopar, RAM, Trucks on 01 15th, 2018


With the latest crop of trucks joining the rest of the industry in offering advanced active safety systems as well as connectivity features, you have to try to not to find a pickup that’s to your liking.

If you’re more of a RAM type of guy/gal rather than a fan of the Chevy Silverado or the Ford F-150, know that you can spec your truck in lots of different ways, from the rugged Rebel all the way to something more sporty like this Patriot Blue Big Horn.

The latter comes with Mopar’s 20″ aluminum wheels, splash guards, aluminum running boards and side graphics, which are available in Grey Metallic or black.

You get a little something extra even for the interior, with all-weather floor mats, more rigid sidewalls and stainless steel embossed sill guards. Aside from that, the Big Horn’s 5.7-liter HEMI engine can sound off through Mopar’s 5-inch custom exhaust tips, available in either gloss black or chrome.

The Rebel on the other hand is what you might want to take if you’re driving over really rough terrain. It has 33″ tires, a lifted suspension with Bilstein shocks and a locking rear differential.

Whichever truck you choose, as long as it says RAM on the front and 1500 on the sides, you can benefit from features such as the 12″ touchscreen display with split-screen capability, the fourth-generation Uconnect system, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, 360-degree Surround View Camera, optional wireless charging, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – with either of the two available touchscreens (8.4 or the 12-inch).

Safety tech includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold, Forward Collision Warning, Ready Alert Braking, Lane Departure Warning and more. In total, the 2019 RAM 1500 has more than 100 safety and security features.

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2019 Ram 1500 Looks Boss All Mopar’d Out In Patriot Blue 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Mopar, RAM on 01 15th, 2018


Between all the trim levels, bed lengths, cab sizes, and power/drivetrain options, the new 2019 Ram 1500 offers what promises to be a staggering array of configurations. But if those aren’t enough, Mopar stands ready to kit yours out just the way you want it.

FCA’s in-house parts division has developed a catalog of over 200 new accessories for the full-size pickup… and isn’t wasting any time showing them off, either.

To highlight just some of the possibilities, Ram and Mopar are displaying a fully kitted-out Big Horn pickup at the Detroit Auto Show.

Painted in Patriot Blue, the show truck wears 20-inch alloys (in a two-tone black and polished finish), trailed by injection-molded splash guards, with cast aluminum running boards, grey bodyside graphics, retractable bed step, composite tonneau cover, cold-air intake, 5-inch exhaust tips, all-weather floor mats, and custom door sill plates.

Of course those are just a few of the options that Mopar will offer on the 2019 model, showcasing just one configuration. The catalog ranges from decal graphics to exhaust upgrades, and includes running boards, floor mats, tool boxes, sports bars, splash guards… the works. Customers will be able to order theirs to their individual specifications.

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2019 Ram 1500 Packs Mild-Hybrid Powertrains Under New Metal 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, RAM on 01 15th, 2018


It’s a pickup truck bonanza this week under the roof of Detroit’s Cobo Hall, where GM has introduced the new Chevy Silverado, Ford the new Ranger, and FCA the new Ram 1500.

You can tell the new Ram is new just by looking at it. Gone, for example, is the crosshair grille that carried over from when it was still a line in the Dodge portfolio, and the bodywork looks altogether more modern and muscular. But there’s a lot more going on with the new truck than some fresh sheetmetal.

To start with, it’s lighter than the model it replaces – nearly 225 pounds lighter, which means it can haul more and consume less fuel in the process. The new bodywork is also more aerodynamic, and even incorporates some adaptive aero in the form of a electrically deployable spoiler in the front bumper.

More fuel economy gains will come from under the bulging hood, where the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 now delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 a solid 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. The bigger news is the arrival of an optional new eTorque system – FCA’s term for a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist, contributing an extra 90 lb-ft to the V6 and 130 lb-ft to the V8 (which also features a smoother cylinder deactivation system as well).

The engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Look for details on the EcoDiesel V6 (which Ford’s chasing with its new six-cylinder Power Stroke) to be detailed later. But for now, the 2019 Ram 1500 can haul up to 12,700 pounds on a trailer, or carry up to 2,300 pounds on its back. The brakes are bigger – the largest in the segment at 14.9 inches up front – and an electric parking brake come standard.

The interior is all new as well, with more space, better ergonomics, and upgraded equipment. Available infotainment screens measure up to 12 inches (separate from the 7-inch display in the instrument cluster). There’s more USB ports and power outlets, available onboard wifi, and all the safety systems you could ask for: 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist… the works.

Of course, this being a full-size pickup, buyers will be able to choose between a staggering array of configurations and specs. There’ll be six trim levels, 12 exterior colors, 15 wheel designs, three cab styles, three bed lengths (which are longer than before). And you can rest assured that FCA has taken the opportunity to load the top trims with ever-more luxurious equipment, like real leather, wood, and metal trim.

The Rebel is back for the rock-crawling set with 33-inch tires, a lifted suspension with Bilstein shocks, and locking rear diff, and there’s a 4×4 Off-Road Package available for other trim levels as well. So whatever you might want to use your truck for, chances are you’ll be able to order a 2019 Ram 1500 just the way you want it, and enjoy all the improvements once you do.

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2019 Ram 1500 Looks Ready To Tackle The Redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, RAM, Ram Scoops, Scoops on 01 12th, 2018


A picture of the 2019 Ram 1500 has surfaced on Imgur ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 15th.

Set to battle the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, the redesigned Ram features an all-new front fascia which eschews the truck’s crosshair grille. It has been replaced by an all-new unit which features chrome trim and prominent “RAM” badging.

Designers also installed new headlights and an evolutionary front bumper which has an air intake. Moving further back, we can see a bulging hood, smoother bodywork, and a more rounded greenhouse.

Previous spy photos have shown the cabin will feature a host of improvements including higher quality materials and a new center stack with a UConnect infotainment system that is flanked by vertical air vents. Drivers will also find a rotary gear selector and updated controls.

Engine options are expected to carryover and include a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Rumors have also suggested the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler could eventually be offered in the Ram 1500. It produces 270 hp (201 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque, which would make it ideal for customers looks to balance performance with fuel-efficiency.

H/T to Motor1

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New Ram HD Confirmed For 2020, Will Be Built In The U.S. 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, RAM, USA on 01 11th, 2018


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion into the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to prepare the plant to build the next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups.

Production is slated to begin in 2020 and the new Ram Heavy Duty trucks will be built alongside the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

The decision means the trucks will no longer be built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico. Instead, that facility will be repurposed to produce to build “future commercial vehicles for global distribution.”

The move is expected to create 2,500 new jobs at the Warren facility and the company says the decision solidifies the United States as the “global manufacturing hub for Ram products.”

Little is known about the next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups but we’ll get a glimpse at how they will look when the 2019 Ram 1500 debuts at the North American International Auto Show next week.

Besides announcing the decision to move truck production to the United States, FCA revealed approximately 60,000 hourly and salaried workers will be getting a bonus of $2,000 in the second quarter to recognize their “continued commitment to the company’s success.” FCA says this and the truck announcement were both made possible by the passage of U.S. tax reform which occurred late last year.

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New Ram HD Confirmed For 2020, Will Be Built In The U.S. 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jeep, RAM, USA on 01 11th, 2018


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion into the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to prepare the plant to build the next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups.

Production is slated to begin in 2020 and the new Ram Heavy Duty trucks will be built alongside the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

The decision means the trucks will no longer be built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico. Instead, that facility will be repurposed to produce to build “future commercial vehicles for global distribution.”

The move is expected to create 2,500 new jobs at the Warren facility and the company says the decision solidifies the United States as the “global manufacturing hub for Ram products.”

Little is known about the next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups but we’ll get a glimpse at how they will look when the 2019 Ram 1500 debuts at the North American International Auto Show next week.

Besides announcing the decision to move truck production to the United States, FCA revealed approximately 60,000 hourly and salaried workers will be getting a bonus of $2,000 in the second quarter to recognize their “continued commitment to the company’s success.” FCA says this and the truck announcement were both made possible by the passage of U.S. tax reform which occurred late last year.

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Google Assistant Heads To Android Auto To Battle Amazon’s Alexa 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Film, Google, Jeep, Kia, RAM, Tech, video on 01 10th, 2018


A number of automakers have recently announced plans to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into future models but Google is fighting back by adding its Assistant to Android Auto.

The company is rolling out the update in the United States this week and the addition of the Google Assistant will allow drivers to easily ask their vehicle for directions or have it play their favorite music. Drivers can even use the Assistant to send or receive messages though services like WhatsApp.

Despite the backlash over GM’s marketplace app, Google is following a similar route as the company announced its Assistant will soon enable drivers to reserve a parking space with SpotHero and order from Starbucks while driving.

To use Android Auto and its new Assistant, users can download the app on their smartphone or connect their phone to one of the more than 400 models that offer Android Auto compatibility. Google went on to say they are working with automakers to directly integrate the Assistant into upcoming models and this will eliminate the need for a smartphone in the future.

In related news, Google announced Kia and Fiat Chrysler owners will soon be able to use the Assistant to remotely lock / unlock their vehicle doors and check its fuel status – among other things. The feature is already available on certain models from BMW, Mercedes, and Hyundai.

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Mutant RAM Wrangler From Abu Dhabi Is Very Happy To See You 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Middle East, Offbeat News, RAM, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


While calling this the “RAM Wrangler” would be the simplest way to describe it, in actuality, it looks more like something that a giant version of Cruella de Vil might drive.

This image was uploaded to Reddit by user craigchandler0398, and according to MiceTimes, the car is part of the exclusive collection of Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

As you can see, while the front end belongs to a RAM truck, the entire cab is from a Jeep Wrangler. Meanwhile, there’s no telling what type of chassis work was performed underneath that body kit, or what type of engine lies buried underneath the gigantic bonnet.

Believe it or not, this is hardly the weirdest thing you might find in the Sheikh’s collection, as he also owns a gigantic Jeep and Dodge Power Wagon, an old S-Class monster truck, a 6-wheel Nissan Patrol and even a house on wheels.

For the rest of us however, seeing a part Jeep, part RAM, part “I can’t even…”, makes for a rare and unusual sighting, to say the least.



All These FCA Vehicles Need To Have Their Fire Extinguishers Replaced 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chrysler, Dodge, FCA, Jeep, RAM, Recalls on 01 4th, 2018


Of all the recalls we’ve seen from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one hardly seems the biggest. It “only” affects about 60,000 vehicles, after all. But it’s the enormous variety of them that’s caught our attention.

The recall’s been issued specifically for those vehicles equipped with Kidde fire extinguishers, the nozzles of which could be prone to clogging up or falling off altogether. In either case, they won’t be doing their jobs in case, heaven forbid, an actual fire should break out.

FCA apparently fitted the problematic units to certain examples of – deep breath now – the Chrysler Pacifica (2018) and Town & Country (2014-2016); Dodge Caliber (2007), Challenger (2009), Charger (2016), Dart (2015-16), Durango (2004), Grand Caravan (2014-2016), and Journey (2014); Jeep Cherokee (2014-16), Compass (2017), and Patriot (2011); and Ram 1500 (2012, 2015), 2500 (2013-18), 3500 (2012-18), 4500 (2012-18), and 5500 (2012-18), as well as the ProMaster (2014-17), and ProMaster City (2015-17) vans.

Tally up all the models by their model years and you’re looking at 55 different vehicles, accounting for 62,042 units in the United States. Rather than call them all into dealers to have those fire extinguishers replaced, though, FCA’s instructing owners on how to get in touch with Kiddle for replacement units.

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FCA’s Recalling 1.8 Million Ram Trucks For Rollaway Risk (Yes, Again) 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in FCA, NHTSA, RAM, Recalls on 12 25th, 2017


Automakers and regulators issue recalls large and small on a regular basis. But when one campaign affects millions of vehicles, the automotive press takes notice. And that’s just what we have on our hands here.

The latest recall from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles encompasses some 1.8 million Ram trucks – most of them in the United States – due to another rollaway risk.

The problem affects certain 2009-17 models, but only those with column shifters – not console-mounted rotary dial or floor-mounted shifters. Apparently the brake transmission shift interlock mechanism may not hold up well to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, so when the vehicle is left in Park, it could still roll away.

According to information from FCA cited by Automotive News, that’s led to seven “potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.”

The recall affects nearly 1.5 million vehicles in the United States and almost 250,000 in Canada, with the remaining 50,000 or so vehicles in other markets around the world.

Rollaways appear to be amount to something of a chronic problem for FCA, which announced in April 2016 the recall of over a million of its vehicles for a similar problem after actor Anton Yelchin (of Star Trek fame) was killed when his own Jeep Grand Cherokee ran him over. The NHTSA launched an investigation into another million-plus FCA vehicles for a rollaway risk a year ago. And this past July, the automaker initiated the recall of still more vehicles over a related issue.

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FCA Discussing Settlement Over Diesel Emissions Cheating 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chrysler, diesel, FCA, Fiat, Jeep, RAM, Reports on 12 21st, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is engaging in settlement talks with owners of certain diesel-powered vehicles from the brand.

On Tuesday, a court-appointed advisor revealed that Fiat Chrysler and lawyers of diesel owners have exchanged settlement documents and briefly discussed proposed terms earlier this week alongside the Justice Department, California Air Resources Board and Robert Bosch.

In May, the U.S. Justice Department sued the car manufacturer, claiming that it had used illegal diesel software on roughly 104,000 vehicles sold in the United States since 2014. These diesel controls allowed the vehicles to emit excess pollution during normal driving conditions.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
has denied any wrongdoing and claims to have never attempted to create software aimed at cheating emissions rules.

Court settlement master Ken Feinberg revealed to Reuters that all the parties involved are acting in good faith to find a solution.

“We’re looking for different substantive ways to secure an early comprehensive settlement. Everybody in good faith is certainly trying to figure out how we might achieve a comprehensive settlement,” he said.

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Detroit Auto Show Is Shaping Up To Be Truckapalooza, New Ford Ranger Could Bow Too 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford, ford ranger, GMC Sierra, Hyundai Veloster, Mercedes G-Class, RAM, Reports, Toyota Avalon, VW, VW Jetta on 12 15th, 2017


The North American International Auto Show kicks off on January 14th and a handful of automakers have already announced plans to stage some major introductions in the Motor City.

At least seven models have already been confirmed for the show and they include the Ram 1500, Toyota Avalon, and Volkswagen Jetta. We will also get a glimpse at the all-new Hyundai Veloster as well as the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept which could preview a flagship crossover. Mercedes will also have a strong showing as the company will unveil the CLS53 and the luxurious new G-Class.

Of course, there will also be a handful of other models making their debut in Detroit and Autoweek is reporting we can expect an onslaught of pickups. We’ve already mentioned the Ram 1500 and it will reportedly be joined by the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. If three trucks isn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know Ford could also to showcase the new Ranger.

On the performance front, there have been constant rumors that Chevrolet will unveil the mid-engine Corvette in Motown. That remains uncertain and so do rumors that Ford will showcase either the Mustang Bullitt or Shelby GT500.

Speaking of uncertainties, Infiniti has hinted it could unveil a flagship concept at the show but little is known about it at this point.

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport Edition Puts Gets A Racy French Kiss 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in RAM, Trucks on 11 9th, 2017


Big and bold as it is, it’d be hard to miss a Ram truck. But those looking to stand out even more – and forgo the chrome for a sportier look – may be intrigued by this latest special edition.

The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is pretty much what its name says. It’s a Ram 1500 pickup in a special shade of blue and a sporty appearance.

The Hydro Blue follows the Sublime green and Copper editions launched earlier this year, and the Ignition Orange from late last year – and will be the last one released before 2017 draws to a close.

Apart from the vibrant blue paintjob, the Hydro edition features black hood graphics, Sport grille with black billet inserts and lettering. The vibrant, almost French Racing Blue paintjob is offset by black accents throughout: the hood graphics, billet grille and lettering, badges, headlamp bezels… they’re all done up in black. But the front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors, and door handles are all color-keyed.

The wheels are chromed (20 inches on 4x4s and 22s on 4x2s) or available in black, while the interior is all done up to match the outside with blue accents. The special edition is based on the Ram 1500 Sport with the crew cab, short bed, and 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Only 2,000 examples will be offered, with an MSRP of $46,060 (plus $1,395 destination).

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport Edition Puts Gets A Racy French Kiss 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in RAM, Trucks on 11 9th, 2017


Big and bold as it is, it’d be hard to miss a Ram truck. But those looking to stand out even more – and forgo the chrome for a sportier look – may be intrigued by this latest special edition.

The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is pretty much what its name says. It’s a Ram 1500 pickup in a special shade of blue and a sporty appearance.

The Hydro Blue follows the Sublime green and Copper editions launched earlier this year, and the Ignition Orange from late last year – and will be the last one released before 2017 draws to a close.

Apart from the vibrant blue paintjob, the Hydro edition features black hood graphics, Sport grille with black billet inserts and lettering. The vibrant, almost French Racing Blue paintjob is offset by black accents throughout: the hood graphics, billet grille and lettering, badges, headlamp bezels… they’re all done up in black. But the front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors, and door handles are all color-keyed.

The wheels are chromed (20 inches on 4x4s and 22s on 4x2s) or available in black, while the interior is all done up to match the outside with blue accents. The special edition is based on the Ram 1500 Sport with the crew cab, short bed, and 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Only 2,000 examples will be offered, with an MSRP of $46,060 (plus $1,395 destination).

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