Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Dodge Ram pickup shows off new engine

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Vehicle Specs

PRICING: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab pickup truck starts from $25,905 for the base ST⁄2WD up to $37,600 for the Power Wagon. Destination charges add $ 900.

SAFETY FEATURES: Dual front airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, engine immobilizer and full-size spare tire. SLT adds power automatic door locks and remote keyless entry. Optional safety features include alarm system, navigation system, limited slip rear axle, remote engine start, fog lights and side-impact airbags.

Strong, roomy and comfortable, Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck features a weight- bearing frame designed to meet and exceed the needs of the heavy-duty truck buyer. With carlike handling behind the wheel, brute-force strength at the draw bar and plenty of room for upto three large adults, Dodge is in its “take no prisoners“ mode.

Base power for the big Ram pickup is generated by a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine. A Cummins 5.9L six-cylinder High Output turbo diesel was an available option (until January, 2007). The big news is the availability of an all-new 6.7L Cummins I-6 turbo diesel engine that became available earlier this year.

On the road, the Ram 2500 equipped with the Cummins turbo-diesel engine is strong and responsive. Despite all that power at the ready, the large Dodge truck is actually quite easy to drive with above average road manners.

Maximum capability are the watchwords in this segment – and the Dodge starts with a robust chassis that features a full-length, hydroformed heavy-duty frame. The frame utilizes stiff “boxed“ sections – resulting in reduced NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics, improved steering and handling precision. Other benefits of the hydroformed, boxed frame are fewer welds which improves dimensional integrity and durability.

Inside the cabin, Dodge engineers attacked road and wind noise in the cabin with a vengeance.

Interior appointments include a modern instrument panel cluster placed underneath a redesigned cluster brow is designed to reduce glare.

The outward view of the road is outstanding. The 40⁄20⁄40 seating is very comfortable while the large store-it-all center armrest can hold everything including a laptop computer. At the back of the large regular cab is a shelf with a rubber mat insert for hauling items that require secure stowage.

-Motor News Media