As it previews the 2009 Dodge Ram lineup today in Michigan, Chrysler's confirming the hybrid Ram with the caveat that it won't arrive until the 2010 model year at the earliest. The Hybrid version, when it arrives, will use the two-mode hybrid powertrain also found in the new Durango HEMI and Aspen Hybrid SUVs. With the added motors and batteries, the Ram should see a fuel-economy boost of 40 percent in the city and up to 25 percent overall, same as the SUV hybrids TheCarConnection.com drove last week.
Chrysler's cylinder-deactivation technology, MDS, will also be featured on the Hybrid version, as will regenerative braking. Chrysler's also promising best-in-class aerodynamics for the Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid.
For the 2009 model year, the Ram returns with Cummins turbodiesel and V-6 engine options to help with fuel economy. At the HEMI end of the spectrum, horsepower has risen 13 percent to 390 horsepower.
We'll keep you posted on the Ram Hybrid--and stay tuned for our driving reports on the 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid and the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid.