Chrysler Ram 1500 introduces Outdoorsman edition


For the PowerBlock fan who spends time outdoors when he’s not in the garage (or watching PowerBlock), Chrysler has a new pickup package for the RAM 1500.

For the new model year, the RAM 1500 Outdoorsman comes with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 395 horses. You can pick from a six-speed automatic or the all-new TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic.

The Outdoorsman also has two cab sizes: the Quad, which has a bed length that measures 5 ft. 7 in., and the Crew, which measures 6 ft. 4 in.

The following features come directly from Chrysler’s press release:

• Standard Class IV receiver hitch properly equips Outdoorsman for towing campers, boats, ATVs and other trailers rated to vehicle’s max
• Available integrated trailer brake controller with driver adjustability and easy-to-see instrument panel readout
• Standard lighted 4- and 7- pin harness plugs – a Ram exclusive — offer multi-trailer adaptability and clean, above-the-bumper covered access any time of the day or night
• Heavy-duty cooling, including mechanical / electrical fan and transmission cooler, for larger loads
• Limited-slip differential for improved off- road and towing performance
• Available trailer-tow mirrors
• Available rear backup camera eases trailer hookups
• Standard trailer-sway control improves towing confidence
• Standard 3.92 axle ratio (4×4 models)
• Extra heavy-duty rear shock absorbers (4×4 models)

• Powered by the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or the all-new 8-speed TorqueFlite 8
• Electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case (4×4 models)
• Standard 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and 10-ply “LT” tires: light-truck-rated tires handle bigger loads and offer stronger sidewalls to resist punctures when driving over sharp, rocky terrain; on/off-road tread pattern provides traction on all highway and trail surfaces
• Full-sized spare provides more security and functionality than restricted-use spare in the event of a flat
• Tow hooks for retrieving disabled or immobile vehicles, clearing trails
• Higher front air dam and single rear exhaust for higher off-road obstacle clearance
• Mud / slush mats protect front and rear carpets from dirt and moisture
• 32-gallon fuel tank for extended operating range
• Premium cloth front seats with a choice of buckets or a 40/20/40 split bench
• Front center seat cushion or console storage help organize gear
• Power 10-way driver seat for comfort on long trips
• Power lumbar adjust for additional long-trip comfort
• Rear 60 / 40 split folding seat for more flexibility in hauling passengers and cargo
• Remote start and security group adds alarm system and convenience of a comfortable cabin after a day in the field or on the water
• Standard front suspension and transfer case skid plates on 4×4 models provide protection from off-road damage (4×4 models)
• Additional lighting including:

o Standard fog lights for improved inclement weather illumination
o Enhanced quad halogen headlamps provide maximum visibility in remote areas
o Ash tray lamp illuminates small items in center console
o Exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps provide visibility outside truck’s cabin
o Glove box lamp
o Rear dome lamp with on-off switch
o Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
o Underhood lamp

• Dash-mounted 115-volt auxiliary power outlet to charge batteries and electronic devices without the need for special DC car chargers

• 180-amp alternator
• Auto-dimming, power heated folding exterior mirrors with supplemental signals clear fog and ice
• Leather wrapped steering wheel with fingertip audio controls reduces driving distractions
• Overhead console with universal garage door opener, which can also be programmed to open multiple garage doors and electric gates
• Rear view auto-dim mirror
• Power sliding backlight on four-door models now available with integrated defroster
• SiriusXM satellite radio with standard Bluetooth connectivity and audio inputs for mobile devices, two power outlets and a 1.5-amp USB port
• New 7-in. vehicle information center with driver-programmable screens
• Tire pressure monitor

Unique look:

• Two-tone paint with Mineral Gray Metallic lower (also available in Monotone)
• Mineral Gray painted scratch-resistant steel bumpers
• Body colored upper front fascia and grille surround with black hex-link inserts
• Black door handles and mirrors minimize glare
• Wheel lip moldings
• Outdoorsman badge proudly announces owner’s passion


• Trailer tow mirrors
• Trailer brake control
• ParkSense rear park-assist system and ParkView rear back-up camera with dynamic gridlines
• Heated front seats (new feature for 2013)
• Heated steering wheel (new feature for 2013)
• High-definition radio (new feature for 2013)
• Navigation
• Premium speakers with subwoofer
• Sirius XM Travelink with real-time information including gas prices, weather and sports
• Uconnect Access with embedded cellular connection provides automatic crash notification, 911 emergency calls, road-side assistance Wifi hot spot and application downloads
• RamBox, available on the 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman, is the ultimate place for outdoor enthusiasts to stow their gear; lockable and lit, RamBox frees up interior space for passengers