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2013 Ram 1500 Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

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Especially if the exterior of the refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 (formerly Dodge Ram) is the first thing you see, you might wonder what's new—save for maybe a front-end touch-up and a new grille.

But here, first impressions are deceiving. On the inside, the 2013 Ram 1500 gets a much-improved design; and combined with some astonishing fuel economy improvements, it's a standout.

Inside, the Ram gets a redesigned center stack, with new climate controls and a version of Chrysler's Uconnect Touch interface. And top-of-the-line Laramie models will become even more plush and luxury-like. But design-wise, it's the automaker's decision to make the shifter a rotary dial—rather than a column stalk or console lever—that might cause the biggest stir.

Chrysler is anticipating about a 20-percent improvement in fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 Ram models—and that's without a hybrid system. Instead, the automaker has turned to tactics like grille shutters, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and an engine stop-start system. Oh, and there's a new frame underpinning it all. V-6 models will become considerably quicker and more able as well, thanks to a new 305-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

Take a look at these pictures—especially those of the interior—to get a glimpse of the changes, then see this post on the changes, as well as our preview of the 2013 Ram, plus all the latest from the New York Auto Show.

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