The 2013 Ram's new optional air suspension handles load-leveling duties and rises to five heights: two off-road tippy-toe settings, normal, aero (for highway-speed driving), and a kneeling position that makes it easier to load people and cargo. No capacity figures were provided (manufacturers like to wait until the start of production in case they need to tweak the numbers to trump the competition), but we're promised the load-carrying and trailer-tow ratings won't be reduced for the air suspension. Company officials also promise that rigorous development testing ensures the rubber air bladders will last the useful life of the truck, but while I've seen original coil springs last 80-100 years, I haven't found many 50-year-old air springs still riding high.
FEATURES INCLUDE MODEL: Longhorn
5.7L HEMI® V8 w/ 390 horsepower with Fuel Saver Technology
Six-Speed Automatic Transmission
Maximum Towing: 9,800 pounds+
Maximum Payload: 1,273 pounds+
Mopar® Bright Sill Guards
Accent Color Running Boards
32-Gallon Fuel Tank
Media Center w/ 6.5-In.Touchscreen Garmin® Navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link™
Heated Second-Row Seats
Leather-Trimmed Premium Bucket Seats
ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera+
New 2013 Mercedes Benz GL Class _ Design
Mercedes-Benz's seven-passenger GL-Class gets a hefty redesign for 2013
with all-new styling inside and out. It's not just a new pretty face;
interior room and standard features have increased, plus two new turbocharged V-8 engines and a re-engineered
diesel V-6 are now under the hood.
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All versions of the GL (GL350, GL450 and GL550) are longer, wider and
taller than the outgoing luxury SUV. Occupants in all three rows have more
shoulder, elbow and headroom, Mercedes says. Although we never complained
about the previous GL's interior noise levels when cruising down the
highway, Mercedes says noise, vibration and harshness, which is known as
NVH, has been addressed. According to Mercedes, NVH in the GL now matches
that of the $91,800 S-Class sedan.
One area where we hoped to see an improvement has been addressed for 2013:
the interior. While not offensive as far as quality goes, the previous
SUV's interior styling was bland. The new cabin shares more similarities
with Mercedes' recent sedans than the previous GL. Up front, a new
high-resolution screen sits between the main gauges, while the main
multimedia screen is moved to the top of the dashboard.
The GL350, GL450 and GL550 engines have Boosted output numbers for 2013 and what
Mercedes calls a "substantial improvement" in fuel economy, though numbers
haven't been announced. The GL350's diesel V-6 has been tweaked for an
additional 30 horsepower and 55
pounds-feet of torque over the 2012 engine. The GL450 and GL550 now have
twin-turbocharged V-8s under their
hoods, with the GL450 making 362 hp — up 27 hp — and GL550 making 429
hp, up 47 hp.
A collision prevention system comes standard. It tracks decreasing
distances between the SUV and other cars as well as fixed objects. When a
collision is detected, the system alerts drivers with an audible and visual
warnings and prepares brake assist to give maximum stopping effort. Also
standard is an Attention Assist to alert sleepy drivers and Crosswind
Stabilization to keep the GL composed in high winds. Optional equipment
includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and a surround-view
One thing you'll still have to pay extra for is genuine leather interior.
Like the previous GL, Benz's MB-Tex imitation leather is standard. The old
GL's MB-Tex was a convincing effort, however. Pricing of the 2013 GL hasn't
been announced, though the 2012 GL350 starts at $61,570.
New 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 - Driving footage
The process of continuously improving the Ram takes a big step forward for
the 2013 model year, with major styling and powertrain upgrades aimed
primarily at improving fuel economy and refinement. Changes under the hood
of the 2013 Ram 1500, which is making its debut at the 2012 New York
International Auto Show, include replacing the old 3.7-liter V-6 and
4.7-liter V-8 engines with the popular Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6. The
5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with cylinder deactivation tops the range.
Either Ram engine can be paired with an eight-speed automatic (a
quasi-six-speed with ultra-closely spaced fifth and sixth gears remains
standard). Auto stop-start technology is available with either engine when
paired with the eight-speed transmission, and uses a stronger, more durable
starter and battery. Electric power steering is now standard, and that
giant grille -- sized to cool an engine climbing the steepest grade towing
the largest trailer -- gets shutters that remain closed most of the time to
dramatically reduce aerodynamic drag, in conjunction with a new flexible
rubber air dam and an optional four-corner air suspension adapted from the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, which allows the truck to hunker down at highway
speeds. A transmission-fluid heating system helps achieve the optimal
190-degree F operating temperature more quickly to reduce friction. The
range of available axle-ratios shifts in the economy direction from
3.55-3.92:1 to 3.21-3.55:1, and smarter "pulse-width-modulation" of the
fuel pump and cooling fan motors ensures they work only as hard as
necessary to get the job done. Along with small weight reductions and an
upgrade to the brake system that backs the rear pads away from the rotors
(as the fronts have for some time), the new Ram is expected to post
best-in-class fuel economy figures.
Design-wise, the Ram's new shuttered grille is an inch taller to
incorporate the trapezoidal corporate look, and the lamps and one-piece
chrome bumper are modified to match it. Vertical foglamps put out more
light than before, and the tow hooks are repositioned in openings that make
them simpler to access when needed. The wheels and taillamps are also
revised, with LED lighting distinguishing the upper models (along with
wheel styles and grille-inserts). Vertically stacking the Ram 1500 door
logo leaves more room for business signage. The Rambox option will be
offered on 80 percent of the models, and the boxes (and tailgate) are
secured with the central locking system. Optional running boards with Ram
logos on their end caps will extend from wheel to wheel, making it easier
to access the bed or Ramboxes and improving aerodynamics as well.
Interior enhancements include soft trim on the armrest with leather decor
inserts on top models, and an upgrade to an 8.4-inch full-color control
screen in the center stack and a 7.0-inch one in the instrument cluster.
Eight-speed models get a rotary E-shift gear selector on the center
console, with range-select buttons (to limit the top gear ratio) on the
steering wheel. UConnect is upgraded to accept downloadable apps and to
provide a mobile WiFi Hotspot via embedded cellular technology. The
integrated trailer-brake controller moves over to the center stack, where
it's easier to see and reach, and now includes programming to better
interface with the latest electro/hydraulic brake systems used on the
The extent to which the Ram has been revised after four years on the market
indicates the market significance and level of competition in the
full-sized pickup segment. Based on this first look, the Ram should be a
strong contender for our 2013 Truck of the Year honors next February.
New 2013 RAM 1500
Watch the live reveal of the all-new 2013 RAM 1500. From Best-in-Class Fuel
Economy to Class-Leading Technology, the 2013 RAM 1500 sets the bar for
what's to come. Fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance, innovation
without sacrificing reliability, comfort without sacrificing capability --
Guts, Glory, RAM.
Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! - Head 2 Head Episode 14
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Joe Bacal head to the desert to pit the Ford Raptor against the Ram Runner.
Find out which high performance prerunner tames the tarmac and destroys the
dirt the best!
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2012 Motor Trend Truck Of The Year! Picking A Winner
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competition, and find out which contender wins the title of 2012 Motor
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2012 DODGE RAM 1500 BIG HORN Pickup Truck Start Up, Walk Around Tour, Review
In this video I give a detailed tour of 2012 Dodge RAM 1500 Big Horn
showing the exterior, engine and interior.
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2013 Ram 1500 First Drive 0-60 MPH Test & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Ram 1500 Pick-up may look very similar
to last year's model but it has been significantly improved. Not only does
it get a new Pentastar V-6 that offers 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the
highway, but it also gets a first time ever pick-up option...an eight speed
transmission. Combine that with available air-suspention and the new Ram
has al lot to offer potential pick-up truck buyers. Check out this first
drive review as we test and review the the HEMI along with the Pentastar
and the Tradesman Ram pick-ups.
2013 Ram 1500 Fuel Economy
Ram Brand President/CEO Fred Diaz and Director of the Ram Truck Brand Bob
Hegbloom talk about the fuel economy features on the new 2013 Ram 1500 Pick
Up truck, unveiled April 5, 2012, at the New York International Auto Show.
Ram Outdoorsman Walkaround
A walkaround tour of the new Ram Outdoorsman--a version of the Ram pickup
that caters to hunting, fishing, camping enthusiasts and anyone else who
loves the outdoors.
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