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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 New York Auto Show in New York City.
Ram 1500

What is it? It may look the same from outside, but underneath the new Ram gets a new frame, optional adjustable air suspension for a better ride. The base engine is a 306-hp, 3.6-liter V6 matched with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that Chrysler says will deliver 20 percent better fuel economy than the 3.7-liter six-cylinder it replaces. Buyers looking for more power can opt for a 395-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8, also available with the eight-speed automatic. Other fuel saving tweaks include improved aerodynamics, grille shutters, and start-stop technology. Interiors have been updated with an improved look and materials, and Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system.     

What is new or notable? The eight-speed transmission is controlled by an electronic dashboard-mounted rotary dial shifter to save space and enable quicker shifts.

CR’s take: Updates to the Ram seem like worthwhile improvements, especially if claims of better fuel economy hold up.  

When will it be available? Fall 2013.

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