If you’re shopping for a 2019 RAM 1500 at Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM Virginia Beach, we congratulate you on your impeccable timing. You’ll be one of the first getting behind the wheel of a RAM truck with with hybrid technology. 

That’s because the RAM 1500 is getting a new feature this year. It’s called eTorque, and it’s a “mild hybrid” system. That means that unlike the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which can run solely on its electric motor, the RAM 1500 pairs a 48 volt motor with a storage battery. That replaces the alternator and runs key electrical systems. But it has another benefit as well.

Most engines’ torque suffers at the low end of the RPM range. eTorque gives the RAM 1500 a low-end torque boost. If your new truck has the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine under the hood, you’ll see an additional 90 lb.-ft. of low-end torque. Opt for the HEMI® V8 engine and there’s an added 130 lb.-ft. 

Why the different torque figures? While each motor has the same voltage, the one paired to the HEMI is larger. That’s because the six-cylinder engine will eventually be shared with other vehicles in the FCA US LLC stable, and keeping the system uniform keeps design headaches to a minimum. 

If you’re looking for an SUV instead of a new RAM truck, don’t fret. You can take advantage of the same technology in the Jeep Wrangler, which debuted this feature in the 2018 model. Models outfitted with the new turbo four-cylinder engine will feature eTorque as well, and we expect to see the feature make its way to other cars, trucks, and SUVs in the years ahead.

If you’d like to learn more about eTorque or about other features in our new RAM truck lineup, visit Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Virginia Beach at 3152 Virginia Beach Blvd., today.

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