full size Ram pickup series takes on new dimensions for the coming
model year and the new Quad-Cab Sport version projects a refined
customized look, featuring bold 20-inch American-Racing-style five-spoke
alloy wheels, a massive integrated front bumper and a hood to cowl
to windshield rake that is 5 degrees faster than before. The overall
appearance of the Sport with its four full size doors, comes off
as much more robust and expressive than that of its predecessors.
that matter, the entire 2002 Dodge Ram stable benefits from bold
design changes. The big-rig "in-your-face" look was first
introduced in 1993, replacing the old and decidedly stagnant "D-Truck"
Ram after a 22 year run. This latest iteration still offers the
familiar huge grille, big wheels and tires, but with a taller profile
and a more refined surface treatment, providing a familiar yet fresh
and unique appearance.
new Ram is an evolutionary refinement over the previous pickup
with some notable improvments.
essence, the former Ram's DNA is pleasingly amplified. Let's begin
up front with the massive "horse-collar" / cross-hair
grille theme which is bigger and bolder and will be offered in three
versions, depending upon trim level -- the SLT grille features an
all chrome surround with a dark gray honeycomb inset, the SLT+ wears
a body color grille surround with chrome cross hairs and finally,
the Ram Sport models are fitted with both the surround and cross
hair design executed in body color with the insert completed in
horizontal chrome billet bars for the custom-look. All grille treatments
are flanked by new jewel-like headlamp assemblies nestling into
stylish cutouts in the upper edge of the molded TPO front fascia
with integrated fog lamps.
grille is followed by a broad sloping hood that falls away into
the pronounced front fenders which are sculpted into a step shoulder
beltline whose character is continued into the bed side, exuding
a rear fender effect. The Quad cab with its sharply angled "A"
pillar, gently arced roofline, blacked-out "B" pillar
and forward-curved "C" pillar complete the new contemporary
greenhouse form, eliminating any suggestion of boxiness. The cab
sides slope inward with the rear curving forward, and the topline
projecting an arch when viewed from the rear. The same holds true
for the Regular cab, except of course, there is no "C"
pillar.The standard (short) cargo box or bed has been reduced from
6'6" to 6'3" with the space added to the cab's interior.
An 8 foot (long) bed is optionally available for all models.
all new chassis and suspension sports a hydroformed front structure.
new Dodge Ram truck may be ordered in either a Regular cab or Quad
cab format, with either a short or long bed. Two new Magnum engine
choices are on the menu for 2002: a 3.7 liter V6 that replaces the
old 3.9 liter; and a 4.7 liter V8 that bumps the old 5.2 liter version.
The former generates 215 horsepower and 235 pound feet of torque,
while the latter pumps out 235 horses and 295 pound feet of torque.
The 5.9 liter Magnum V8 remains in the lineup as well with a horsepower
rating of 245 and a torque rating of 335 pound feet. It should be
noted that the 3.7 liter V6 is available in the two-wheel drive
(rear) Regular cab only.
selections include: a manual five-speed which comes standard on
all models powered by either the 3.7 liter V6 or the 4.7 liter V8;
an optional multi-speed overdrive automatic for trucks with both
of these same engines; and a four-speed overdrive automatic gearbox
as standard equipment for all models with the 5.9 liter V8.
enough choices? Both Regular and Quad cab pickups with the 4.7 liter
and 5.9 liter Magnum V8s may be purchased in either a 2WD or 4WD
configuration. The 4WD features a Generation II part-time manual
two-speed transfer case. There are two road wheel choices as well
-- non-Sport trucks are fitted with 5-flat bar-spoke 17-inch wheels
and tires as standard, while the Sport Ram trucks run a most impressive
20-inch wheel and tire setup with the wheels designed to resemble
5-spoke American Racing-type wheels from an earlier era.
Rams receive a chrome grille.
the smaller Short bed size, there is no compromise in the new Ram's
capability -- Both the towing and hauling capacities have been increased.
The Quad cab's towing capability has jumped from 7,500 pounds to
8,350 while the payload has grown from 1,610 to 1,770 pounds. Payload
for the Regular cab is 655 pounds better than its predecessor and
the towing capacity is elevated by 270 pounds. The new Ram literally
redefines the level of accommodation and proportion for the full-size
pickup. The preceding Ram truck lineup provided a cavernous interior
and infinite storage features -- or, so it seemed. The Quad cab
is the big story here, though the Regular cab takes progressive
strides forward as well. The Quad cab features full access rear
doors that open out 85 degrees, and windows that go all the way
down into the door. The rear bench seat has a 60/40 split, foldable
back, providing a flat load surface inside the rear cab area, with
ample compartmentalized storage beneath the seat as well. Child
seat tethers are another plus. Even the regular cab provides enough
space behind the seat for a five-gallon can of paint or whatever,
and a removable storage bin for tools or supplies.
front, vertically challenged drivers will appreciate the optional
electrically adjustable pedals with a full 8 - inches of travel
-- this feature is available only on the SLT+ trim level and will
set you back an extra $120. Also in the forward compartment, is
a center "business console" with custom storage sections
that will accommodate a laptop, cell phone, personal digital computer,
etc. and other non-traditional job site equipment. Audio system
dials are larger and more user-friendly. Cup holders are actually
drink holders that store up to "Big-Gulp" size containers.
interior design continues the truck's overall sloped contour theme,
sleek new flowing, brow-like instrument panel with gauges that are
executed in a sporty and east-to-read bright white. Creature comforts
abound with available dual climate controls and optional heated
leather seating surfaces. An electronic transfer case button may
be ordered with 4x4 units, and buttons and switchgear in general
are easier to reach and use. A second power outlet and additional
storage is located beneath the main center console in a secondary
Regular and Quad Cab interiors are larger and more luxurious.
latest Ram is not just another pretty face though..other enhancements
exist beneath the skin. Things that fall into the "all-new"
category are: the state-of-the-art, full length (except for the
tail pieces) hydroformed box frame; the upgraded rack and pinion
steering system with improved ratio; the revised suspension componentry;
the largest brakes in the segment; and the largest wheel and tire
combination offering. The new frame provides 400 percent greater
torsional stiffness along with a lateral stiffness improvement of
150 percent for improved stability. The new engines offer better
fuel efficiency and the new four-speed automatic transmission is
the only transmission in its class with equal reverse and low gear
ratios, as well as an alternate second gear that is engaged for
towing and hill-climbing scenarios.
4.7 liter V8 is expected to account for nearly 60 percent of total
sales with the balance split between the 3.7 liter V6 and the 5.9
V8. Production has been stepped up over this model year's 200,000
units to 265,000 at the three manufacturing facilities: the Dodge
City plant in Warren , Michigan; the St. Louis site; and the Saltillo,
Mexico plant to meet the Ram's anticipated increased demand.
down to the "nitty-gritty" ...what is it like to drive
the new bigger and better Ram? Well, to generalize, it's much better
than before. What does that mean? It means that this is one really
impressive hauler across the board. It's easy to become enamored
with the Sport version 4x4 Quad cab -- even when it comes with cloth
seating surfaces. The truck handles superbly despite its huge wheels
and tires, and the fact that it was tested unladen. Steering is
now more precise and responsive. Acceleration with the 4.7 liter
V8 is more than adequate, though when towing a large load, one might
realize the need for the 5.9 liter mill. The four-speed automatic
overdrive transmission is the way to go -- the five-speed manual
with it's long floor shift lever seems archaic by comparison.
for the mass, it is not inappropriate to liken the ride to a large
sedan in terms of quality and maneuverability. The truck's off-road
prowess was never rally challenged by the basic course provided.
There is no reason to believe however, that the new Ram is anything
but more adept at traversing the wilderness than its predecessor.
Personalization is possible through a host of Mopar after market
accessories, but the Sport version is a pretty striking set of wheels
in its own right. In the final analysis, if there were a "Truckville"
U.S.A., the new Ram might well be the Mayor.
2002 Dodge Ram
$17,670 Reg cab 4x2 (including $715 D&H)*
Quad cab 4x2 (including D&H)*
Add $4,000 plus for Four-wheel drive
$29,500 (estimated - Quad cab Sport 4x2, 4.7L V8, Auto)
Type and Size:
3.7 liter SOHC 12-valve Magnum® V6 with sequential multi-port
electronic fuel injection.
liter SOHC 12-valve Magnum® V8 with sequential multi-port electronic
liter OHV Magnum® V8 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel
3.7L V6 - 215 @ 5200 rpm
V8 - 235 @ 4800 rpm
V8 - 245 @ 4000 rpm
3.7L V6 - 235 @ 4000 rpm
V8 - 295 @ 3200 rpm
V8 - 335 @ 3200 rpm
Five-speed manual overdrive
Longitudinally mounted front engine / Rear-wheel
drive or parttime Four-wheel drive with 2-speed manual transfer
Front - Upper and lower "A" arms, coil springs, gas-charged
shock absorbers and stabilizer bar (2WD / Upper and lower "A"
arms, torsion bars, gas-charged shocks and stabilizer bar (4WD).
Live axle, longitudinal leaf springs, gas-charged and
Power assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with rear ABS Anti-lock
Goodyear Wrangler P265/70R17 mounted on 5-spoke alloy wheels (non-Sport)
/ P275/60R20 mounted on AR- type 5-spoke alloys (Sport trim).
120.5 inches - Short bed
140.5 inches - Long bed.
207.7 inches - Short bed
229.7 inches - Long bed
Reg. cab 3.7L V6 2WD
Short bed - 4,449 lbs.
Quad cab 5.9L V8 4WD
Long bed - 5,481 lbs.
26 gallons - Short bed
35 gallons - Long bed
0.528 - Quad cab 4WD Short bed
- 60 mph:
essence, the former Ram's DNA is pleasingly amplified."