Five ways the 2019 Ram 1500 makes towing safer and easier | McLarty Daniel CDJR of Bentonville
Loaded with great design, incredible technology, and old-fashioned American know-how, the 2019 Ram is clearly the most beautiful and most comfortable truck the brand has ever made, but good looks and comfort only go so far when it comes time to tow the heaviest loads. With that in mind, the big brains at Ram have poured a lot of thought into making sure the 2019 Ram makes towing easier than ever. That’s definitely a good thing, considering that a 2019 Ram 1500 has best-in-class V8 towing of 12,750 pounds when properly equipped. Read on for five ways the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 makes the job of towing easier and safer.
1) The incredible eTorque mild-hybrid system: Taking off from a standing start — going from idle to 1500 rpm — when you’ve got a heavy load hitched on behind is where you need low-end torque the most. Sadly, that’s where a gasoline engine, even the legendary 5.7-liter Hemi in the 2019 Ram, can deliver the least torque. Always on a mission to overcome the problems that could overcome you on the job, the engineers at Ram tackled that problem and came up with a genius idea: the groundbreaking eTorque mild hybrid system. The system replaces the alternator with a powerful, belt-driven generator that is constantly sending power to both the truck’s electrical system and to a 48-volt battery pack mounted in the rear wall of the cab. When the system senses a need for low-end grunt, the generator becomes a powerful electric motor, delivering torque directly to the crankshaft through the same heavy-duty belt that turns the generator. Available on both the 5.7-liter Hemi and the 3.5-liter Pentastar V6, eTorque adds up to 130 lb.-ft. of torque to the Hemi, and up to 90 lb.-ft. for the V6.
2) Blind spot monitoring with automatic trailer coverage: If you tow a lot, you know that towing on the freeway can be an anxiety-inducing experience, what will having to keep an eye on your mirrors, your load, the gauges, other drivers and whatever’s going on inside your cab. You’ve effectively made your truck and trailer into a 30-foot beast with a knee in the middle, which is a recipe for disaster if a compact car wants to get a little more compact by motoring along in your blind spot. Helping take a little of the nervousness out of lane changes at highway speed is the 2019 Ram 1500’s new blind spot monitoring system. Utilizing an array of sensors, the system detects and alerts you to other drivers beside you in spots where you may have a hard time seeing them in your mirrors. When the truck’s sensors detect a trailer hitched on behind, the system automatically extends to cover the full length of your trailer, remembering to keep an eye out for you even if you forget
3) The TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic: If you’re into Mopar performance, you know the TorqueFlite name has long been synonymous with high-performance Dodge and Chrysler transmissions. A proud new standard bearer, the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission in the 2019 Ram utilizes next-generation electronic control to adapt to changing demands, including towing. In addition to better fuel economy and smoother shifts under load, the 8-speed’s big array of gears helps you stay in the “sweet spot” of the torque curve longer, for easier towing even when the going gets steep.
4) The Max Tow rear differential: The 2019 Ram is all new from the ground up, and that includes a number of new systems created specifically to make towing easier. The available Max Tow package, new in the 2019 Ram, features suspension and drivetrain upgrades engineered to get tip-top towing performance from your new truck. Available on two-wheel drive Rams with the 5.7-liter Hemi with eTorque, checking the Max Tow box gets you a Dana Super 60 rear end with open differential, a 256mm gear set, and high-strength 35-spline axle shafts, for a towing-friendly 3.92 final drive gear ratio.
5) The strongest, lightest frame ever in a Ram: When you’re towing, every pound your truck weighs is a pound off your available towing capacity. Knowing that, the engineers at Ram put the 2019 model on a serious diet, dropping nearly 225 pounds over the previous model. That’s the weight of two full-size refrigerators! It starts with a fully-boxed frame that is 98 percent high-strength steel, with nine welded crossmembers for improved stiffness and twist resistance. The frame actually utilizes four different grades of steel and aerospace aluminum, depending on the job that portion of the frame has to do. Weighing a full 100 pounds less than the 2018 Ram frame, the frame in the 2019 Ram 1500 is the strongest and most robust backbone found in any full-size truck.
We’ve just scratched the surface here on all the ways the new 2019 Ram 1500 can make towing even the heaviest loads easier and safer. If you’re in the market to buy a 2019 Ram truck, stop in today at McLarty Daniel CDJR of Bentonville for a test drive, and see how the 2019 Ram can make your job easier and smoother, no matter what you’ve got to tow.
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