Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently confirmed the next-generation Ram pickup will arrive in early 2018. That means the arrival of the sixth generation of the Ram pickup family isn’t far out at all – and some information in regards to its powertrain may have already begun to trickle out.
According to FC Authority sources close to the matter, the next-gen Ram 1500 will eventually introduce five total powertrain options. These will include the established 5.7-liter V8 HEMI, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engines, but also a 5.7-liter mild hybrid and twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, with the latter possibly not appearing until 2020 or later.
Future hybrid vehicles from FCA will adopt the same electric motor and 16-kWh lithium-ion battery used in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to save on expense (even the Maserati Levante Hybrid will), so we’re expecting the combo to appear in the hybrid Ram as well.
As for the twin-turbo V6, well, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about something like this. Both General Motors and Ford are implementing similar engines across their respective lineups in order to enhance fuel economy and maintain or improve vehicle performance, making it a no-brainer for FCA at this point.
More information in regards to the next-generation Ram pickup may become available as its 2018 release date nears, so be sure to stay tuned to FC Authority.