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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.