Ram 1500 pickup getting 3.6L Pentastar V6 next year

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

It has just been confirmed by Chrysler’s powertrain chief Paolo Ferraro that the Ram 1500 pickup will be released for 2012 with a completely new 3.6-liter Penstar V-6. WardsAuto Tweeted the news.

The half-ton Ram was previously powered by a 3.7-liter v-6 putting out 215-hp at 235 pounds-feet of torque that came out with the 2002 model year. The new motor is lighter, as it is made of aluminum, and gets dual-overhead cams versus the previous models’ single-overhead cam.

Torque-activated cam phasers, improved fuel economy, and a standard oil cooler are all additional features. The future holds the possibility of a Multi-Air valve timing system.

While the power output has not been released, the competition includes two GM models, the full-size Chevy Silverado 1500 and he GMC Sierra 1500, both using a 4.3-liter V6. The Ford F-150 will also compete with a new 3.7-liter Duratech V-6.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: PickupTrucks.com