New Truck Preview: 2022 Ram 1500 goes hybrid

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By James Raia
Among the lightweight truck’s “Big Three,” the pending 2022 Ram 1500 will feature mid-generation upgrades and will include a hybrid powertrain for the first time.

The hybrid option will join the current gasoline and diesel powertrains. An all-electric powertrain is on the horizon, but it won’t be available for at least two years.

The 2022 Ram 1500 will debut this summer.
The 2022 Ram 1500 will debut this summer.

While not confirmed, the 2022 Ram 1500 is expected to feature the next-generation Uconnect5 infotainment system.

Prices haven’t been released but a slight increase is likely for the new Ram. Its pending unveiling is this summer.

2022 Ram 1500: New hybrid

The 2022 Ram 1500 will have a new grille and slimmer headlamps with halogen, LED and adaptive LED lighting setups.

The current Ram’s 3.6-liter, 305 horsepower engine will again be standard. A 5.7-liter Hemi engine is optional, with the V8 delivering 395 horsepower. Ram will also continue to offer its EcoDiesel engine with 260 horsepower and a towing capacity of 12,560 pounds.

The 2020 Ram 1500 hybrid variant combines a 3.6-liter V6 engine with Ram’s e-Torque system. The mild-hybrid engine improves fuel economy and generates 305 horsepower.

The 2WD setup is offered as standard, while 4WD is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available too.

Like its current siblings, the 2022 Ram 1500 will also feature a rearview camera, trailer-sway controls and power-adjustable side mirrors. Heated front seats, a larger display and leather upholstery are optional.

Ford continued its nearly 45-year run as the country’s top-selling pickup truck manufacturer in 2020. The combined F-Series sold 787,422 units, down 12.2 percent from 2019. The Chevrolet Silverado was second in truck sales with 594,094. It had a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year.

The Ram 1500 finished third with sales of 563,676, a decrease of 11 percent from 2019.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Snayte
3 months ago

“The 2020 Ram 1500 hybrid variant combines a 3.6-liter V6 engine with Ram’s e-Torque system. The mild-hybrid engine improves fuel economy and generates 305 horsepower.”

So what is new about the 2022 hybrid?

Bob P
3 months ago

Why do journalists continue to write about rear view cameras like it’s something great? It’s been required by federal law for several years now, it’s not a gift by the manufacturer, it’s no different from putting an engine or four wheels on it.