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Ram 1500 drops V8s, but the Hurricane I6 sounds sweet

Ram’s long-serving full-size pickup gets a few interior and exterior tweaks, too

Published: 07 Nov 2023
 

The mighty Ram 1500 gets a new look inside and out for the 2025 model year, but what most buyers – and Ram enthusiasts – will care about is what’s under the hood. Or maybe we should say, what isn’t.

Yes, the updated Ram 1500 loses its optional Hemi V8 engines, with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo Hurricane inline-6 joining the base Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 next year. This powerplant will be offered in standard- and high-output formats, with the former producing 420hp and 469lb ft of torque, while the latter ups that output to a healthy 540hp and 521lb ft of torque. Across the board, every Ram will have an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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More powertrain news will be coming next year when Ram introduces the 1500 RHO pickup. We don’t have many details about this one, just that it’ll use the 540hp Hurricane engine. Look for the RHO to arrive in the third quarter of 2024.

Need to do some tough guy truck stuff? No problem. The Ram 1500’s max towing capacity is 11,580 pounds, while the truck can carry 2,300 pounds of payload. It’s super easy to tow smoothly with the Ram’s optional four-corner air suspension, too.

The Ram’s interior looks largely the same as before, but there’s a new Uconnect 5 multimedia system that works on either a 12.0- or 14.5-inch touchscreen. Ram also offers a 10.3-inch passenger screen, because that’s a thing now.

Changes to the Ram’s exterior are more obvious, with new LED lighting signatures and adaptive front lights that can move up to 15 degrees based on steering input. The Ram 1500 has a new Tungsten trim at the tippy top of its range, which looks pretty darn fancy.

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Full pricing details will be available early next year, ahead of the 2025 Ram 1500 hitting dealers in the first quarter of 2024. Don’t forget, in addition to the standard 1500, we’ll also be getting the plug-in hybrid Ramcharger and fully electric Ram Rev. 2024 is going to be a good year for Ram trucks.

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