2012 Ram 1500 to Get Pentastar V6 With Added Power, Fuel Economy

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

For 2012 the Ram 1500 pick-up will get an all-new base V6 engine, replacing the current unit with more power and improved fuel economy. According to a tweet by Ward’s Auto, Chrysler powertrain boss Paolo Ferrero has confirmed the Ram will get the new corporate Pentastar V6 next year.

While 100 ccs smaller than the outgoing 3.7-liter unit, the new engine could produce as much as a 75-hp gain over the old block for a total of 290-hp, while torque is expected to rise from the 235 lb-ft level to around 260 lbs ft.

In addition to all that power, look for a fuel economy bump as well. With the current model rated at 14/20-mpg (city/highway), the gain could be as much as 2-mpg in each category, or more.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Cyberpine Cyberpine on Aug 17, 2011

    290hp is nice on a V6! I wonder if it will come with MDS (cylinder deactivation)? If they use more composites and lighten the frame they can get it to cruise with 3 cylinders. One day we will see these V6 trucks delivering 300+ hp and 20+ mpg city. I really wish they would do more testing on KERS (Kinetic Energy Recocovery Systems).. Maybe a Flywheel or Hydraulic Brake recovery for added RWD torque when you need it most. But please no battery packs or electric motors on a truck.

  • Nelson Giraldo Nelson Giraldo on Mar 31, 2012

    Quiero saber el precio de la pick-up 1500 motor diesel V6 con transmisin manual de mountain