We recently spent a week with the 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn powered by the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque. We put it through a highway MPG loop and integrated the truck into our daily lives for the past week.
For the second year in a row, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque in the Ram 1500 pickup has been named to the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list. The Pentastar V6 with eTorque is rated at 305 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with the TorqueFlite 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain combination is the standard powertrain in the 2020 Ram 1500.
“The Pentastar V6 with eTorque is a great example of giving consumers electrified powertrain technology that seamlessly works with their daily lives,” said Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems. “The standard eTorque system delivers better fuel economy without compromising power or capability.”
The eTorque mild-hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor-generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable improved fuel efficiency, drivability, performance, and value. Six different modes of operation include quick, seamless stop-start functions and energy recovery with brake regeneration used to support increases in towing capacity and payload.
The eTorque system delivers nearly unnoticeable engine restarts by sending up to 90 lb.-ft. of supplemental torque to the engine crankshaft during stop-start maneuvers. Torque to the wheels travels within 400 milliseconds, more than twice as fast as many starter-motor-actuated Engine Stop-Start (ESS) systems.
“There are lots of drivers who dislike ESS systems because the engine may turn back on with a shudder, or they might think the engine won’t restart at all. But the Ram 1500’s 48-volt eTorque system is so smooth, quiet and consistently reliable that truck owners will appreciate the technology and the money they can save at the pump,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor.
The 2020 Ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and eTorque is rated at 20 MPG (City) / 22 MPG (Combined) / 25 MPG (Highway) in rear-wheel drive and 19 MPG (City) / 21 MPG (Combined) / 24 MPG (Highway) in four-wheel-drive models by the U.S. EPA. The city mileage rating is an 18% improvement, while the combined mileage rating is a 10% improvement from the previous-generation model.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque has even been added to the Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Sahara for the 2020 model year.
With the engine running, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current to a 430 watt-hour lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)-graphite battery. The battery pack includes a 3-kilowatt DC-to-DC converter to maintain the battery’s state of charge and convert 48 volts to 12 volts to power the Ram 1500’s accessories and charge its conventional 12-volt lead-acid battery.
In addition to spinning the engine for restarts to help launch the vehicle, eTorque also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to charge the battery pack. eTorque also enhances the driving experience by adding torque to the crankshaft during gear changes to minimize noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH).