Over the past few months, we have been showing you photos of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 models with chrome “RAM” text badging in holding lots at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP). After doing some digging, we found out those models were to be sent overseas. Currently all export models in the outgoing Ram 1500 are 5.7-liter HEMI V8 powered models, the Pentastar has yet to be exported. That might change very quickly.
Our friends at Real Fast Fotography caught this white 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Big Horn 4×4 doing testing around Metro Detroit. While it has the chrome “RAM” text badging from the export models we have seen before, this truck has no HEMI badging nor does it have the dual exhaust system out the back under the rear bumper.
The new eTorque version of the Pentastar V6 is the standard engine in most trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500, specifically tuned for truck duty and rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque.
The newest Pentastar V6’s advanced technologies, such as wide-range variable valve timing and two-step variable valve lift, deliver the optimal blend of power and fuel economy, based on the driver’s demand.
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 quick and seamless start/stop function, short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations and brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency.
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 small-suitcase-sized, air-cooled battery pack mounts to the rear wall inside the Ram 1500’s cabin.
In addition to spinning the engine for restarts, the eTorque unit also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to feed charge to the battery pack.
This model should be well received in parts of the world with high gas prices.