Thursday, June 26, 2008

Chrysler reveals 2009 Dodge Ram, touts better fuel economy

2009 Dodge Ram Laramie (Chrysler)

Eric Morath / The Detroit News

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram pickup -- equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi engine -- touts improved horsepower, torque and fuel economy compared to the 2008 version.

The Hemi version of the truck achieves 390 horsepower and 407-pound feet of torque, both of which are best in class, said executives who showed off the truck and the rest of Chrysler's 2009 lineup during a media event Thursday morning at the automaker's proving ground in Chelsea.

Its Multiple Displacement System, a fuel-saving technology that shuts off four of the engine's eight cylinders when they're not needed, helps improve the Hemi's fuel economy by 4 percent.

"While the all-new HEMI engine maintains the key characteristics that makes HEMI a household name in powertrains, we added new technologies -- including Variable Valve Timing -- that substantially improve fuel economy and refinement and maximize performance," said Bob Lee, Chrysler vice president for Powertrain Product Engineering.

The automaker also unveiled two specialty pickups: A high-performance Ram 1500 R/T model, which goes 0-to-60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds; and a Ram Heavy Duty model that features a 6.7-liter Cummings turbodiesel engine that meets 2010 emission requirements in all 50 states.

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