Posts from ‘Ram’
Class: Large Pickup Truck
Miles Driven: 308
Fuel Used: 21.9 gallons
It’s not often that we get a true limited-edition vehicle through our test fleet here at Consumer Guide HQ, but we had one recently. Just after Christmas, we took delivery of a 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 4×4 Mopar ’16 Edition…one of only 500 built. We’ll have a test-drive report in the near future, but for now here is a gallery of some of the vehicle’s options and features.
Spurred by the success of Ford’s Transit Connect and the various versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram tapped its Fiat partner for a couple of commercial vans of its own. Both the big ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City were already being sold overseas when they adopted Ram badges a couple of years ago. Notable is that both are front-wheel drive, both are of unibody construction, and both are also offered in chassis-cab configurations “over there”; yet only the ProMaster’s has been sent stateside … so far.
While car sales haven’t exactly set the world on fire under the Fiat-Chrysler partnership, truck (and Jeep) sales have been going great guns. So it’s not particularly surprising that Ram has made only minor changes for 2017, which perhaps is for the best. Notable, however, is a new 2500 that wears graphics that recall those from one of its earlier – and rather famous — Dodge siblings.
2016 Ram ProMaster City
Miles Driven: 369
Fuel Used: 14.7
Making its debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is a fortified version of the Ram Power Wagon due to arrive later this year as a 2017 model. The off-road-oriented ¾-ton pickup boasts a brawny look courtesy of a new grille (similar to that used on the current 1500 Rebel), bold side stripes (reminiscent of those pasted on Power Wagons of the late ‘70s), a raised ride height (2.3 inches taller than the current 2500 HD for a total of 14.3 inches of ground clearance), and unique 17-inch wheels shod with meaty 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.
When the Dodge Viper became the SRT Viper in 2013, I became convinced that Chrysler—really Fiat/Chrysler—intended to kill off the Dodge brand. The evidence was there: Pickup trucks had been rebranded Ram. The Durango big crossover was—and is—in need of a full redesign, and none was in the works. Likewise, the midsize Journey crossover was—and still is—riding on the bones of a stormy previous partnership with Mitsubishi, and no update was imminent. Finally, there was talk of moving the Challenger sporty coupe over to the SRT brand as well. With the Avenger midsize sedan being phased out, this left Dodge with the Dart—a competent but slow-selling compact sedan—and the aging Grand Caravan to soldier along with.
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Luxuriously equipped and extravagantly priced ½-ton pickups are common today, but a back-to-basics workaday hauler still has its charms. Among modern-day work trucks, the 2011-15 Ram 1500 Tradesman has the intriguing distinction of being able to pack a near-400-bhp Hemi V-8 engine at a bargain price.
In 1990, Chevrolet rolled out the 454 SS, an outrageous performance-oriented version of the brand’s full-size pickup truck. At its heart was a tuned version of General Motors’ “big block” 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V8. The engine was rated at 230 horsepower and a stump-pulling 385 pound-feet of torque.