You know times are changing when even Ram starts to downsize its engines. As is the case with the 2025 model year update for the Ram 1500, which switches to inline-six engines from big V8s.
The 2025 Ram 1500 is described as being the most technologically advanced version yet, showcasing a range of high-tech gadgets inside and a new 3.0-litre straight-six ‘Hurricane’ engine family, and an interesting plug-in hybrid model called the Ramcharger.
Ram is offering three different engine options with the new model, including a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol inline-six developing 313kW, and an RHO version featuring a high-output tune producing 403kW. The latter ‘H/O’ is significantly more powerful than the outgoing base 5.7-litre petrol V8 that produces 295kW.
The new plug-in hybrid Ramcharger pairs a 130kW version of the long-running 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol with two electric motors. It basically works like a range-extender to keep the 92kWh battery topped up. The front e-motor produces 250kW and the rear one develops 238kW.
Combined, the Ramcharger produces an impressive 494kW (663hp) and “over” 834Nm of torque. RAM says 0-60mph (0-97km/h) can be dispatched in just 4.4 seconds. Users can also recharge the battery via a DC fast-charger, where it can take in up to 145kW.
The new model is based on the latest STLA Frame platform by Stellantis, which has been designed from the outset to accommodate electric vehicle components and packaging. As such, the Ramcharger’s battery is located under the floor in the centre, leaving a spacious and flat-floor cabin. All engines are paired to a TorqueFlite (ZF-based) eight-speed automatic transmission.
In other areas, the new model features a revised exterior design with new LED headlights, more aerodynamic trimmings and curves, and a fresh forward-leaning front grille. The RAM badge is also raised for a more prominent look, and some updated taillights are added to the rear with semi-flush surfaces down the sides.
Inside, the new model features either an improved 12-inch touch-screen or a new 14.5-inch screen, depending on the variant. There’s also a segment-first 10.25-inch passenger touch-screen available, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A 10-inch head-up display system is also on offer.
Other available highlights include Hands-free Driving Assist with Level 2+ autonomous driving capability, dual wireless phone charging pads, an on-board power inverter providing up to 2kW of power for external accessories and tools, and adjustable air suspension. Tim Kuniskis, Ram brand CEO at Stellantis, said:
“With a choice of new and proven gas engines or our upcoming electric truck offerings, Ram is built to serve truck buyers everywhere. Our new powertrain offerings add to the unique combination of bold styling, leading-edge innovation and technology, durability and capability Ram customers have come to know and love.”
The new model is set to arrive in showrooms in America from the first quarter of 2024, with the H/O engine to arrive in the third quarter of next year. The Ramcharger hybrid will follow afterward.