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2017 Ram revisioned

by David Zatz on

2017 Ram renderingArtist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s.

The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrademight include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight.

The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway mileage. Lessons learned from the systems approach to cutting parasitic losses on Ram HFE may be spread throughout the line, as well.

Ram might expand their wheelbase, a significant change, to help their  handling and ride. We also suspect a new tailgate setup, based on patent applications, perhaps standard on higher-end models and optional on others, as RamBox is.

The 2017 Ram will have a tougher time of it than the current model, with GM and Ford both having eight and ten speed transmissions by then, and most likely competing with small diesels in Chevy, Ford, and Nissan pickups. It may well be time for Ram to pull a rabbit out of their hat — and the current crop of engineers and leaders might be able to do it.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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