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Electric Ram Truck to Debut in November

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A sketch of the Ram Revolution electric pickup truck concept“Trucks still have to do truck things.”

This is how Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr. explains his company’s plan to break into the electric truck market. “More and more truck managers are open to the idea of ​​electrifying their pickups,” says Koval. “But they’re not willing to sacrifice our key attributes that make a truck a truck, like towing, hauling and, in the future, range and charge time.”

Ram will be the third of the Big Three automakers to unveil its first electric pickup truck. Called the ram revolutionit’s just a concept truck for now – a design study showing what a future truck might look like, not necessarily a finished product ready for sale.

The revolution will break cover ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th. The automaker has released stylized sketches proposing a sleek, aerodynamic 4-door pickup truck. It looks less conventional than that Ford F-150 Lightning, the first electric truck from one of the traditional Big Three. Chevrolet has also shown its own Silverado EValthough it’s not expected to reach showrooms until the 2024 model year.

A rear quarter angle sketch of the Ram Revolution electric pickup concept

However, Koval believes Ram can outperform the rest with a traditionally more capable truck.

“When you’re towing a 10,000-pound trailer behind your vehicle across the state or across the country, it’s nerve-wracking,” says Koval. “With our broader portfolio of electrified solutions, we will surpass what others have announced,” he adds.

testing with Start Rivian’s R1T have shown that electric trucks can lose around half their range when fully loaded. Gas-powered trucks lose a similar range when driven to the limit of their towing capacity. But refueling a gas-powered truck is a much quicker (though more expensive) affair than charging an electric vehicle.

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2023 Ford Ranger Raptor launching in Malaysia on October 7 – 3.0L turbo V6 petrol or 2.0L turbodiesel?

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Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) has confirmed that the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor will make its market launch debut in Malaysia on October 7, 2022. This comes after the company previously announced that the performance-oriented pick-up truck would arrive in 2022 fourth quarter of this year – even a red unit was brought onto the stage Introducing the normal Ranger lineup in July.

The previous first-generation Ranger Raptor was powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBlue twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine developing 213 hp and 500 Nm of torque, mated to a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

In its latest guise, the second-gen model gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 petrol engine that’s lifted from the Bronco Raptor. The mill is mated to the same 10R80 and 4WD system and produces 397 hp at 5,650 rpm and 583 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, with this powertrain being standard for the Ranger Raptor in most markets.

However, the automaker has said that the Turbodiesel will continue to be offered in selected markets where the V6 is not suitable. We’ll have to wait until launch to confirm which engine we’re getting, but inside Australia and Thailandthe Ranger Raptor gets the V6.

Engine talk aside, the Ranger Raptor comes with a reinforced chassis to withstand all the abuse, including unique brackets and structural reinforcements. The suspension is also redesigned to incorporate lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms with updated Fox Adaptive dampers that reduce friction by approximately 50% compared to the previous model.

The all-wheel drive system also gets a new electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and both axles get locking differentials. Last but not least, the pickup is styled to be among the highlights, which are a vented hood, flared wheel arches, skid plates and chunky tires that match the design changes already found on the latest generation Ranger.

If you would like to be among the first Malaysians to see the Ranger Raptor in action at a Baja-inspired track near the Sepang International Circuit, SDAC invites you to register for the public performance, which will be held from 7th to 9th April 2019. to take place in October website. You can also experience the Ranger Raptor up close at the event, as well as the regular Ranger variants and the newest Everest.

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tags: Sime Darby Motors

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Nissan Stops Sales of Automatic-Equipped 2023 Z

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Possible transmission problem comes from Nissan pickups

At this point, the stop-sale order seems like a precautionary measure, since the Z shares a nine-speed auto with the Frontier and Titan pickups. More than 200,000 of these 2020-2023 model year trucks have recently been recalled. Files with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration describe the failure as a “possible park pawl failure” that could cause an affected truck to roll while parked. The pawl itself is a small mechanical device used to lock the transmission, preventing the vehicle from moving. A malfunction could cause the vehicle to roll if the emergency brake is not also applied.

The problem was discovered at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Canton, Mississippi. In an audit of the factory, Nissan’s NHTSA statement reported that 11 of 83 vehicles tested (including Frontier, Titan and Z models) had problems with their automatic transmissions.

The NHTSA report notes that “On September 1, Nissan decided to conduct a recall due to the safety concern of the vehicle possibly rolling away after the vehicle was parked. Nissan’s investigation is ongoing and the final recall agent is still under development. At this time, Nissan is not aware of any confirmed field incidents related to the present condition.”

The transmission is manufactured by JATCO (Japan Automatic Transmission Co.) based in Fuji, Japan.

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