From what Ram Truck tells us, they have been green-lighted by the EPA to promote the best-in-the-half-ton-segment fuel economy numbers for the Ram 1500, beating out the previous top dog, the 3.7L V-6 Regular Cab F-150 with 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, with a combined total of 19 mpg.
Although we haven't driven this exact truck yet, Ram tells us their HFE (high fuel economy) model, which will come equipped with the Fiat-sourced engine Start/Stop technology, will have 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and offer a combined total of 21 mpg. We were also told, even non-HFE models without the Start/Stop technology will still offer 17 city and 25 highway mpg, which is still class leading. Ram also tells us, although these numbers have not been certified by the EPA yet, they fully expect the Hemi with the new 8-speed to have the best fuel economy numbers for the segment as well.
Additionally, Ram is bragging that their new Pentastar and TorqueFlite 8 transmission will offer several hundred pounds more towing capacity with the V-6 than the previous champ -- again, the 3.7L Ford F-150 (of course, that does not include the twin-turboed EcoBoost option).
Rated to tow 6500 pounds when properly equipped, the Ram 1500 V-6 will lead the class (meaning the non-aspirated or turbo class) but has yet to start implementing the J2807 procedures (and the resulting towing numbers), waiting instead to see when both GM and Ford begin their new testing procedures. With that said, the maximum tow rating they are promoting is 10,450 pounds, along with a max payload number of 1930, with iether the V-6 or the V-8.
We've included a rather exhaustive towing chart (Download Tow Chart Ram 1500) that Ram Truck had for us at the event, but there doesn't seem to be any of the maximum towing and payload numbers they spoke about at the event, which we assume has more to do with the exact max towing or payload option packages that are necessary to get those specific ratings. Still, this should give you a good idea what the new Ram has to offer and how it stacks up.