2019 Ram 1500 eTorque: Guts, Glory, Energy Efficiency

2019 Ram 1500

One of the many updates to the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 half-ton pickup truck is the availability of a light-hybrid system for the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams recently got to drive trucks powered by this new system, called eTorque by the folks at Ram.

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A light-hybrid system is one that provides supplemental electric power to a vehicle without being able to power the vehicle entirely on its own. In the case of eTorque Rams, this means providing acceleration and deceleration assistance as well as creating smoother shift points gear to gear.

Williams had a chance to experience both engines firsthand in a variety of driving scenarios, from street to highway to towing. Does the mild hybrid system provide an appreciable difference in fuel economy? Does it improve performance at the same time? Does it just feel kinda weird to drive? How much more will it cost?

You'll have to read Williams' piece to find out, but be sure to stick around till the end for photos of the eTorque system — and feel free to join the discussion going on in the comments section below it. And check back in with Cars.com for more, as we'll have our own thoughts on the Ram 1500 eTorque soon.

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