The 2019 Ram 1500 that was introduced throughout the Detroit auto present hit us with a goodie bag stuffed with enhancements: lighter general weight (by 225 kilos) stronger body, decrease coefficient of drag, higher gas economic system, plus extra payload and towing capability. These final three will be partially attributed to new know-how dubbed eTorque. However what precisely is eTorque?
Nicely, in a literal sense, it’s an alternator (the automobile’s electrical generator) substitute — the 2019 Ram not comes with one as a result of the eTorque tech gives the electrical energy. However along with retaining the 12-volt battery charged, the motor/generator rapidly restarts the motor when the automated cease/begin system is used, and it provides help as a mild-hybrid system. That’s proper — the 2019 Ram is technically a hybrid. And that’s with both of the 2 gasoline engines supplied, V6 or V8.
Whereas many of the Ram 1500’s electrical programs nonetheless use conventional 12-volt energy, eTorque is definitely a 48-volt system. It makes use of the aforementioned motor/generator, an eight-rib belt with two tensioners, a DC inverter to transform 48 volts to 12 (for the standard electrical programs), and a battery pack concerning the measurement of a small suitcase that may retailer as much as 430 watt-hours of power. The overall eTorque system, cables and all, provides about 100 kilos of weight to the truck. The battery pack is positioned contained in the rear wall of the cabin.
What you get in return for the burden penalty is a 90 lb-ft of torque increase with the V6 and a full 130 lb-ft price of assist with the V8. There are two totally different ranges of output due to packaging constraints for the V6 engine, which requires a barely smaller eTorque unit mounted in entrance (there’s loads of room underneath the Ram’s hood, however the eTorque V6 can even discover itself in different fashions, just like the Jeep Wrangler). The V8’s bigger system is discovered completely within the Ram proper now and mounts precisely the place the alternator often lies.
The 2019 Ram comes both with a three.6-liter V6 outputting 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque or a 5.7-liter V8 with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. And people peak numbers are unaffected by the eTorque system. The additional oomph is available in when the gasoline engines are at low pace, like between idle and 1,500 rpm, earlier than they’re able to produce larger torque numbers on their very own. The hybrid system broadens the torque band versus including to peak torque accessible.
Gallery: 2019 Ram 1500 previewed earlier than Detroit auto present
And that’s simply advantageous. Peak torque is ineffective whenever you’re making an attempt to drag your 22-foot deck boat out of the water at Zero-2 mph. Including torque down low not solely helps get heavy masses shifting from a standstill, it takes stress off the powertrain whereas doing so.
If the concept of proudly owning any form of hybrid truck makes you nauseated, you should purchase the V8 with out the eTorque system. However why? Why flip down extra torque off the road? A light hybrid pickup gained’t lower your gas invoice in half, however it can make doing truck issues a bit bit simpler with out including to that invoice. How cool is that?
Gallery: The 2019 Ram 1500 inside