2009 Dodge Ram 1500
Even though they're camouflaged, this rag tag fleet of 2009 Dodge Ram Quad Cab and Mega Cab prototypes is the real deal - not the mules previously caught with the new front clip attached to the current truck.
Some new powertrain information has also come to light.
At a recent industry conference in Traverse City, Michigan, Frank Klegon, Chrysler's executive vice president of product development, reiterated earlier statements that Chrysler is focused on producing advanced engines for all its vehicles, including the Ram.
Mr. Klegon highlighted, "A significantly upgraded version of the renowned 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with gains in fuel efficiency, refinement, horsepower and torque, will debut in the 2009 model year."
It's rumored part of the HEMI power boost will come from the addition of variable valve timing and a bump in displacement.
Chrysler will also offer a new, more fuel-efficient version of the E85 flex-fuel 4.7-liter base V8 engine, shared with the Dodge Dakota midsize pickup and featuring a 30 percent increase in horsepower and a 10 percent increase in torque over the old 4.7-liter V8.
Other gas engine news - look for an all-new 'Phoenix' V6, with MDS cylinder shut-off to save fuel, by 2010.
We're still expecting a new Cummins V8 light duty diesel soon after launch, but there are whispers of a V6 oil burner too.