Along with Ford, Ram is not sitting back and enjoying the increased sales of their new-body-style truck. In 2013, they have completely redesigned the frame and suspension on their ½-ton Ram pickups. The biggest change is the addition of full air suspension as an option. The system will kneel when entering the vehicle or loading cargo, and has four other settings, which include: normal ride height, aero mode, off-road 1, and off-road 2. The total height difference is four inches from kneel to off-road 2. The system will also level the truck when towing or hauling cargo. Other significant changes include the addition of the Pentastar V-6 engine, TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, and a whole host of fuel saving features that give the Ford EcoBoost a run for its money. The expected gas mileage numbers for the 2013 Ram are 18 city and 25 highway. The interior has also received a makeover that includes new materials, upgraded electronics, and new LCD screens in all the trim levels.
We haven’t seen any significant changes to the Silverado and Sierra line since 2007. They have changed the bumpers and grilles, but other than those minor tweaks, these trucks have remained the same. GM is sticking with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy into 2013 as well. In the 1500 model, you can expect powertrain grade braking in the six-speed transmissions and an HD-style grille.
In the HD series, GM has introduced a bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and a 6.0L V-8 bi-fuel engine in the 2500HD extended cab version. In the 3500HD Chassis Cabs, GM has increased the horsepower and torque of the 6.6L Duramax to 397 hp and 765 lb-ft. Both the 1500 and HD series will also receive two new exterior colors, Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic. It looks like GM is gearing up for big changes coming in 2014.
At the time of print, neither Nissan nor Toyota had photos or information available regarding their new-for-2013 trucks. Here are images of the 2012 models, which should accurately depict their appearance.