3.42 only for Ram diesels; power and wheels

2013 Ram Heavy DutyA recent Ram product update told dealers that the optional 3.73 and 4.10 axle ratios are no longer available for Ram 2500 and 3500 diesel pickups, except when equipped with “duallies.” The update pointed out that “the 2013 Ram diesel equipped with a 3.42 [axle ratio] will tow more than a comparable 2012 with a 3.73 or 4.10 — while offering better acceleration and improved fuel economy.”

Sources confirmed that the dealer ordering system shows the 3.73 as standard, but then automatically options the 3.42 and does not give any options to change it. The 4.10 ratio shows up but cannot be selected on 2500 and 3500 diesels.

For 2013, Ram launched a high-output version of its 6.7 liter Cummins straight-six diesel engine, pushing 385 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque through an Aisin six-speed automatic; this version is only sold with the Ram 3500. The standard diesel for Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups is the same basic engine, rated at 350 hp/660 lb-ft with a manual transmission or 370 hp and 800 lb-ft with the six-speed Chrysler automatic.

Power increased across the board, but in different ways. The diesel with automatic went up from 350 hp @ 3,013 rpm to 370 hp @ 2,800 rpm. Manual transmission buyers now see peak torque at 2,800 rpm instead of 3,013, and gained 50 lb-ft of torque, peaking at 1,500 rpm (rather than 1,400).

Trailer towing stands at a maximum 18,350 lb (RWD; 4×4 is 17,880) with the regular cab Ram 2500 pickups.

An additional change was the restoration of single rear wheels as standard equipment on all Ram 3500 pickups; the dual rear wheel package is optional on regular cab, crew cab/long box, and Mega Cab. This is similar to GM/Chevrolet and Ford pickup options.

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

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Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

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CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

Read the full story: Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee  »

Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

Read the full story: Ram: King of Canadian trucks  »

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