This morning’s reveal of the 2025 Ram 1500 shows many changes for the new model year, most of which were expected. The Hemi V8 engines are gone, but in place of the 5.7-liter Hemi is a new Hurricane “Straight-Six Turbo” (SST) that combines more power with better fuel economy. A new high output version of the SST engine will power a new off-road sport truck; but there is no current replacement for the supercharged Hellcat Hemi in the 2024 TRX.
Aside from the new engine options, the 2025 Ram 1500 gets a new front fascia design on most models rather than a traditional bumper, creating a more upscale look and bolstering aerodynamics. There has also been an injection of new, more premium tech bits inside of the high end models to allow Ram to stay ahead of the competition in terms of luxury gadgetry. The picture below shows the new Tungsten interior layout.
The other big news for the 2025 Ram 1500, for now, is the new Ramcharger (below), but it isn’t what you think. Rather than a truck-based SUV, this Ramcharger is the brand’s new extended range EV. It isn’t a hybrid, at least in the usual sense, but an EV with 690 miles of range thanks to the on-board charging system.
2025 Ram 1500 Gasoline Engines
The 2025 Ram 1500 base engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 eTorque. Today’s announcement did not include numbers for the Pentastar, but the 2024 version of this engine produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. If the power numbers were changing, there would probably have been some mention of that in today’s release, so we expect the same numbers from the Pentastar V6—for now, at least.
The first new engine for the 2025 Ram 1500 is the 3.0-liter Hurricane Straight-Six Turbo, or SST, as the badging calls it. This engine delivers 420 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque. There is also the Hurricane High Output, which is rated at 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the 5.7-liter Hemi in the current Ram 1500 is rated at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, so the Hurricane engines both have a dramatic power advantage over the Hemi V8. Details are short right now, but in addition to the power numbers listed above, the Hurricane-powered 2025 Ram 1500 pickups are capable of towing up to 11,580 pounds and hauling up to 2,300 pounds in the bed.
All three engines come with an 8-speed automatic and the buyer’s choice of rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, as in the current lineup.
We don’t know which engines will be standard or optional in which trim levels, but when the 2025 Ram 1500 goes on sale, it will be offered in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Rebel (shown here in silver, Rebel interior just below), Limited Longhorn, Limited and the new Tungsten (shown here in dark red) trim levels. Those will be joined later next year (Q3 is the current plan) by the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO – the new high performance half-ton pickup.
Ram 1500 RHO
Tim Kuniskis didn’t say what RHO stands for at the press preview for the 2025 Ram 1500, so we aren’t sure if it is Ram High Output, Rebel High Output, or some other name, but it will most likely be the predecessor of the Ram 1500 TRX. This truck will come with the Hurricane SST High Output, and we expect that it will offer many of the features of the TRX – except for the supercharged Hemi. We do not have any images of this truck yet.
Details were very limited, but we expect that this truck will compete directly with the Ford F-150 Raptor, which is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The Ford has 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, so the Ram 1500 RHO’s 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque should be a clear advantage over the V6 Raptor. Should the Ram RHO come with the unique body, chassis and suspension components of the TRX, it will have other advantages over the Raptor, but for now, we know that Ram will continue to have an edge in power over the F-150 Raptor.
New Front Fascia Design
The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel and likely the RHO will have a standard front bumper to handle the rigors of off-road life, but most of the other trim levels will feature a new front fascia design, shown here on the new Tungsten model. As you can see, rather than a distinct, separate bumper, this front fascia flows more like the face of many modern SUVs. This creates a cleaner, more upscale look up front while also improving aerodynamics, but it also gives the new Ram a unique look when compared to the half-ton Ford, Chevy and Toyota pickups.
Among the gas-powered trucks, that new front fascia is the only major change, so the rest of the exterior looks very similar to the 2024 models.
When they first go on sale, the 2025 Ram 1500 will be offered in Diamond Black, Bright White, Ivory White Tri-coat, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Hydro Blue, River Rock, Baltic Grey and Billet Silver.
It should be noted that not all 2025 Ram 1500s get the front fascia design, as is shown below on the Rebel model.
High Tech Interior
In addition to the fascia design giving the exterior a more modern look, the 2025 Ram 1500 interior benefits from a long list of high tech features that continue that modern, premium feel.
This includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a revised 12-inch infotainment screen or a new 14.5-inch infotainment screen, the latest UConnect 5 infotainment system, a 10.25-inch passenger screen, digital keys (which work through an app on your phone, in addition to traditional key fobs), a 10-inch full color Head Up Display, dual wireless phone chargers, a digital rearview mirror and a new Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system with 1,228 watts of power and 23 speakers.
The New Ramcharger
The last bit of big news pertaining to the 2025 Ram 1500 is the new Ramcharger, but it is not the kind of Ramcharger that you might be thinking. Most of us know the Ramcharger to be a hefty truck-based SUV from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s; but this time, the name applies to Ram’s electric pickup with a range-extending gasoline generator.
When Ram first introduced the all-electric Ram REV, they hinted at a range-extending gasoline generator. It is called the Ramcharger because it is a Ram with a built-in charging system.
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger has electric front and rear drive modules that combine to provide a hefty 663 horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque, allowing this full-sized pickup to sprint from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. This EV will also tow up to 14,000 pounds and haul up to 2,625 pounds, but unlike other EVs, you will be able to tow for more than a few miles.
The key feature of the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is the 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, which is mated to a generator to provide 130 kilowatts of charging power to the 92 kilowatt-hour battery pack. When the owner of a Ramcharger sets out on a long drive with a fully charged battery and a full tank of gasoline, they will be able to travel up to 690 miles without stopping for gasoline or electricity. The on-board charging system allows Ramcharger owners to drive anywhere they want without worry of running out of battery power, as the Pentastar-powered generator provides enough juice to constantly keep the truck going under pure electric propulsion.
Just to be clear, this is not a normal hybrid (it could arguably be called a series hybrid, like typical “diesel” locomotives, but these don’t usually rely on batteries). The Pentastar engine under the hood is not connected to the wheels. There is no transmission, driveshaft, or traditional axle assemblies – just a front and rear electric drive module that is powered by the battery pack, which can be charged by the gasoline engine when needed.
With many details still unknown, we expect more information on the 2025 Ram 1500 lineup in the near future. For now, this is what we know about the next generation of the half-ton Ram lineup.
Tim Kuniskis, Ram CEO, summarized the unveiling: “The new 2025 Ram 1500 brings our customers more: more power, more performance and more fuel efficiency with our all-new 3.0-liter Hurricane engines. With a choice of new and proven gas engines or our upcoming electric truck offerings, Ram is built to serve truck buyers everywhere. Our new powertrain offerings add to the unique combination of bold styling, leading-edge innovation and technology, durability and capability Ram customers have come to know and love.”