Here’s a sneak peek at the updated 2025 Ram 1500, sporting some major changes!
It’s a bit crazy how time flies, but it’s already been five years since Ram’s current half-ton pickup debuted and went into production. The brand’s full-size truck will get a host of cosmetic updates for the 2025 model year, and our friend Mike sent in some photos giving us a better idea of what those updates will look like.
Behind the front and rear camouflage, it’s standard fare for automakers to revamp the headlight, taillight and grille design after a few model years, and that more or less looks like what’s in store here. All-terrain tires on at least one of the prototypes hint at a new Ram 1500 Rebel. Black wheels, chrome mirror caps and running boards also give a few details for what may be the updated Laramie or Limited models. One noteworthy thing to mention, though, is that the cabs on these prototype trucks are not camouflaged. That suggests the 2025 Ram 1500 will use the same exterior cab design as the current truck.
These shots do not, unfortunately, give us a look at the interior. However, the existing DT generation arguably has the best-styled interior in the business, so Ram may not go through great lengths to change it up, beyond minor tweaks. The Ram 1500 REV, for example, still has a familiar looking digital gauge cluster and vertical Uconnect infotainment screen. The automaker could go further and introduce a passenger screen, though we’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s the biggest (and most expected) change of all…
Of course, what we care about more than any styling changes is what the 2025 Ram 1500 is packing under the hood. For years and years now, we’ve had either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8. The V6 puts out a decent (but not earth-shattering) 305 horsepower while the eight-cylinder bumps that up to 395 horsepower. You can also get a 48-volt eTorque mild hybrid system on the latter, but there hasn’t been a new option…until now.
Ram dropped its EcoDiesel V6 option earlier this year.
Based on what we can see under the hood, it does indeed look like Ram has every intention to fit its brand-new powertrain into its full-size truck. The 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Hurricane inline-six debuted on the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and folks have been clamoring for Stellantis to put it in the Ram 1500. The standard-output version of the six-pot engine puts out 420 horsepower – already beating out the Hemi – while the High Output model makes 510 horsepower. Oh, not to mention it also packs 500 lb-ft of torque.
Short of going full-on super truck like the TRX, which itself is living on borrowed time in the wake of ever-increasing emissions standards, the Hurricane’s appearance makes all the sense in the world to (possibly) split the difference between better performance while tamping down emissions. That said, the Hurricane H.O. engine manages 17 combined mpg in the Grand Wagoneer…so again, we’ll have to wait and see.