NEW FOR 2011:

– Optional Garmin navigation system, factory spray-on bedliner, and large 7×11-inch towing mirrors
– Sport adds available media centre
– Available power-folding mirrors
– New Outdoorsman and Big Horn Hemi trim lines
– Active on-demand four-wheel drive transfer case standard on Big Horn, Outdoorsman and Laramie 4×4 models

For 2011, changes to the Dodge Ram pickup truck are in trim, and in a new, active on-demand four-wheel drive that can be used on dry roads in 4×4, standard on specific trim lines. New available features include a Garmin navigation system, spray-in bedliner, and larger towing mirrors, while the Sport adds a new media centre. New trim lines are the Big Horn Hemi and Outdoorsman.

The 1500 comes as a Regular Cab, Quad Cab or Crew Cab. The Regular and Quad come are available with a 3.7-litre V6 with four-speed automatic, 4.7-litre flexible-fuel V8 with five-speed automatic, and 5.7-litre Hemi V8 with five-speed automatic. The Crew Cab comes with the choice of either V8 engine. Trim choices are the ST, SXT, SLT, Outdoorsman, Big Horn, Sport and Laramie, and with available TRX Off-Road and R/T packages.

Two four-wheel drive systems are available. A part-time, shift-on-the-fly manual system, comes on the ST, SLT and Outdoorsman trim lines, while an on-demand automatic system comes with the Big Horn, Sport and Laramie models. The part-time 4×4 system can only be used on slippery or loose surfaces, while the automatic system can be driven in all conditions.

Features on the ST include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, grey bumpers and upper fascia, bright grille, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability program, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 40/20/40 heavy-duty vinyl bench seat, folding rear seat, black door handles, tilt steering wheel, automatic headlamps, CD/MP3 stereo, black vinyl floor covering, and trailer tow with four-pin wiring harness. The Quad Cab version includes rear under-seat storage, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

The SXT adds 17-inch chrome-clad steel wheels, bright front and rear bumpers, cloth 40/20/40 bench seat, carpet floor covering, floor mats, cruise control and Sirius satellite radio.

The SLT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille, body-colour upper fascia, overhead console with trip computer, vehicle information centre with exterior temperature gauge and compass, keyless entry, colour-keyed instrument panel bezel, premium door trim with map pocket, and cloth and Stain Repel seat fabric. The Quad and Crew Cab models include B-pillar blackout tape and rear power sliding window.

The Big Horn adds 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, quad headlamps, heated chrome mirrors with integrated turn signals, chrome tubular side steps, chrome door handles, fog lamps, tow hooks, dual exhaust, bright grille, and locking wheel nuts.

The Outdoorsman includes extra-heavy-duty shock absorbers, 3.92 rear axle ratio, skid plates, two-tone paint, fender flares, painted bumpers, body-colour grille, rubber floor mats, and fog lamps.

The Sport uses the 5.7-litre, builds on the SLT and adds 20-inch chrome-clad wheels with locking nuts, body-colour front fascia, rear bumper and grille, dual exhaust, fog lamps, power mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, ten-way power cloth bucket seats, halogen quad headlamps, body-colour door handles, 115-volt outlet, and light group package. The Quad Cab adds a split rear fold-flat steel floor.

The Laramie adds dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats with memory, bright grille, lower two-tone paint, fog lamps, interior woodgrain and bright accents, power-adjustable pedals, chrome mirrors, remote starter, MyGIG entertainment system, UConnect hands-free connectivity, surround sound with subwoofer, security alarm, and rear park assist.

The available TRX Off-Road package includes 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, anti-spin differential, tow hooks, lower two-tone and painted bumpers in Mineral Grey Metallic, body-colour grille, fog lamps, TRX fender flares, and halogen quad headlamps; the TRX4 also includes extra-heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, 3.92 axle ratio, and front suspension and transfer case skid plate shields.

The R/T Package includes a unique torque converter and 4.10 axle, sport performance hood, and R/T badge, and with available 22-inch forged and polished aluminum wheels with performance tires.

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