Monday, November 2, 2009

Dodge Ram hybrid in the works

While Chrysler is fully bent on launching a hybrid Dodge Ram pickup in the coming years, a diesel model might not make it. The Detroit News reports that the hybrid version will be powered by technology developed by Chrysler together with General Motors, BMW and Daimler.

Chrysler has yet to disclose the technical specifications though. Recently, Chrysler revealed details of its 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, a model that will be offered with a choice of two engines.

The Ram Heavy Duty powertrains include a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel and a 5.7-liter HEMI. The diesel engine produces 350 hp and an astounding 881 Nm at only 1,500 rpm. There will also be a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine delivering 383 hp and 542 Nm of torque.

When Fiat entered Chrysler’s hierarchy, new brands were created: the Dodge Car and Dodge Ram. These will replace the well-known Dodge nameplate. In the press release announcing the unbundling of the Dodge Brand into the Dodge Ram Brand and the Dodge Car Brand organizations, Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler’s CEO, said, “This reorganization will allow us to protect and develop the unique nature of the product offerings within the Dodge Brand.”