Ram 1500 gets more than just a facelift for the 2025 model year
Mention Ram to almost any enthusiast and they would immediately think of a HEMI V8-powered pickup truck that's ready to tow or carry almost anything. Others, meanwhile, might think of a Cummins-powered six-cylinder pickup truck that can shame its V8 brethren.
But for 2025, Ram has introduced the facelifted 1500 pickup, and it doesn't have a V8 or Cummins diesel under the hood. Instead, the refreshed truck now comes with a new inline-six twin-turbo engine derived from the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. You read right, this Ram pickup trades muscle for forced induction, confirming earlier rumors about the Ram 1500's new twin-turbo powerplant for the 2025 model year.
At the heart of the 2025 Ram 1500 is a 3.0-liter Hurricane twin-turbo straight-six that's available in two states of tune. The entry-level variant puts out a healthy 426 PS with 623 Nm of torque while the top-of-the-line version cranks out a meaty 548 PS and 706 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to an 8-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. Since the HEMI V8 only produced 400 PS and 555 Nm of torque, the new inline-six is a massive improvement in terms of output.
The new six-cylinder is made possible thanks to a cast aluminum block with a structural aluminum alloy oil pan. It also has cross-bolted steel main bearing caps, a forged steel crankshaft, and forged steel connecting rods. Complementing the new engine are two low-inertia, high-flow turbochargers that feed three cylinders each, a high-pressure 350 bar direct fuel injection, and a water-to-air charge cooler with a dedicated cooling circuit.
Like all Ram pickup trucks, the facelifted 1500 is available in both 2WD and 4WD guises. There's a choice between an open or limited-slip differential that provides more traction at the limit. Also available is an electronic locking rear differential which gives the driver the ability to lock or unlock on demand. For extra riding comfort, the automaker is also offering an adjustable air suspension that enables up to five different modes; entry/exit, aero, normal, off-road 1, and off-road 2.
Moving to its design, the 2025 Ram 1500 gets a more “heroic” and sleeker appearance. The front fascia gets most of the updates as it now has a slender pair of headlights that flow onto the more shapely grille. Speaking of grilles, there will be a total of 8 grille designs available depending on the trim or variant chosen. Other key exterior changes made to the pickup truck include LED taillights with a “jeweled appearance”, a power tailgate, new alloy wheel designs, and restyled/updated badges and decals.
While the exterior may have just received a minor update, it's the interior that has received an extensive upgrade. In the top-of-the-line Tungsten trim, the 2025 Ram 1500 sports a two-tone cabin called Indigo & Sea Salt. The seats are wrapped in Natura Plus leather and come with 24-way power adjustment, heating & cooling function, as well as a massage function. If those are not enough, the headliner is finished in suede for that extra luxurious feel.
Infotainment comes in the form of a new Uconnect 5 touchscreen media display that's available in two sizes; 14.5 inches and 12 inches, depending on the variant. Ram is even offering a 10.25-inch display for the front passenger which allows them to control parts of the infotainment system. Other available features in the 2025 Ram 1500 include; a 12.3-inch digital cluster, a digital rearview mirror, and a power inverter on the bed that can provide up to 2kW of power.
With the refreshed Ram 1500 billed for the 2025 model year, it might be a while before the automaker launches it to customers. But the fact Ram has already revealed the updated pickup truck in its entirety means they're already expecting a long line of customers that will get the new six-cylinder-powered 1500. Should you still prefer a naturally aspirated engine, Ram will offer the 2025 1500 pickup with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 alongside the new Hurricane inline-six.