Official fuel economy numbers from the US Environmental Protection Agency have finally come in for the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 Pentastar (V6) with standard eTorque mild-hybrid system, revealing that in ideal conditions, 4×2 models can achieve as high as 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg city, for a combined fuel economy rating of 22 mpg. Opting for four-wheel-drive costs 1 mpg on the combined testing cycle for a total of 21 mpg, from 19 mpg city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Comparing to Pentastar V6-powered “Ram 1500 Classic” models from the same model year, this means that the Ram’s new eTorque system equates to combined-cycle fuel savings of 2 mpg each in 4×2 and 4×4 applications. It also means that the new 2019 Ram 1500 Pentastar eTorque can match the combined fuel economy ratings of the 2018 Ford F-150 4×2 with 2.7L EcoBoost V6 or 3.3L non-turbo, without relying on any pesky turbochargers or extensive aluminum alloy throughout the body.
The 2019 Ram 1500‘s new eTorque mild-hybrid system uses a motor/generator in place of a conventional alternator, and a small-capacity battery pack located within the cabin that stores energy generated under certain conditions during normal operation. That power is unleashed at certain strategic points to supplement engine torque and take some of the pressure off the internal combustion engine. In the case of the Pentastar V6-equipped 2019 Ram 1500, the motor/generator can supply up to 90 lb-ft of additional torque, which not only boosts fuel economy, but also helps contribute to the truck’s new, higher tow rating.
We had a go in the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque in Kentucky last month, and found the whole package to be quiet, smooth, and effective. You can read all about our thoughts on the operation of eTorque here.
While the eTorque mild-hybrid system comes standard in V6-equipped Ram 1500s, the feature is available as a $1,450 option on Hemi V8-powered models. There, too, overall fuel savings on the order of about 2 mpg can be expected.