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NAIAS Preview: 2010 Dodge Ram 1500

The Americans from Chrysler kept working on their Ram 1500 model which was launched back in 2008 in order to make it better and more user friendly.

Consequently, for 2010, the 1500 has increased its towing capacity to 10,540 pounds, while its Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) was boosted to 15,500 pounds (from 14,000 pounds), with the 140.5-inch wheelbase, 5.7-liter engine and 3.92 rear axle. The modifications make the Ram 1500 one of the most capable light-duty pickups on the market.

For the first time in the segment, the 2010 Ram gets multi-link coil spring rear suspension, which improves the ride and the handling without affecting its capacity to tow or carry loads.

In addition, the 1500 has a new interior which includes a fuel-saver indicator on 3.7-liter models, a new Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM) system and a Park-Assist indicator in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center EVIC display. Farmers passionate about gadgets can now connect their iPod to their Ram 1500 and control it through Ram’s media center radio or steering-wheel radio controls.

On the exterior, the 1500 has new features like folding trailer-tow mirrors, integrated trailer-brake controller, power trailer-tow mirrors, electro-chromic mirrors and new 22-inch tires and wheels included in R/T package.

Ram 1500 is available in a regular cab, Quad Cab and crew-cab configuration and five distinct trim levels—ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and Laramie.


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