The 2017 Ram 1500 is not expected to bring any substantial changes since the completely redesigned model is most likely to go on sale for the 2018 model year. Despite arriving almost unchanged in comparison to the previous model, Ram’s half-ton pickup will remain one of the most appealing options in this hotly contested segment. Thanks to its exceptionally comfortable cabin combined with a highly efficient engine range, the upcoming Ram 1500 will be able to take on its much younger rivals. While the current generation of the 1500 made its debut in 2008, the list of its competitors includes the recently redesigned Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, as well as the brand new 2016 Nissan Titan.
2017 Ram 1500 Engine Range
Just like it was the case with its predecessor, the 2017 Ram 1500’s base engine will come as the 3.6-liter V6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. In order to boost fuel economy, Ram has upgraded this unit with a number of advanced features that made it the most efficient engine in its class. Its power is transmitted through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In case you opt for higher towing capacities, the 5.7-liter V8 will be a more suitable choice. This HEMI unit delivers 395 hp and 407 lb-ft, offering the quickest acceleration performance. As for the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, it generates 420 pound-feet of twist and is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models will be available with four-wheel drive, either part-time or full-time. With its maximum towing capacity of 10,650 pounds, the Ram 1500 lags behind GM trucks that deliver 11,700 pounds and Ford F-150 that can hit 12,200 pounds.
The 2017 Ram 1500 is expected to introduce several new features to its already ample list of standard amenities. Expect to find a bevy of safety systems that include hill-start assist, airbags, a rearview camera, as well as stability control with a trailer-sway system. There will also be a large 8.4-inch touch-screen available with Uconnect Access that links the truck with Sprint 3G data service. The system also includes voice recognition, WiFi hotspot and numerous apps.
Ram’s half-ton pickup truck will once again be offered in a large number of trim levels. In that sense, expect it come with pricing that ranges between $25,500 for the entry level Tradesman and $49,500 for the range-topping Laramie Limited. Although it’s yet to be officially confirmed, the 2017 Ram 1500 is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2016.