Ram’s standard workhorse, the 1500, is coming in for a redesign for the 2019 mannequin 12 months.
The subsequent era of the full-size pickup truck, code-named the DT, will debut in early 2018 (January’s Detroit auto present most definitely) and convey with it a extra fashionable face. The cross hair grille is undamaged, though it has been slimmed down. As well as, the headlights function a squarer form and look to function some new LED components. The hood now sports activities the powertrain designation and is extra chiseled than on at present’s mannequin, a theme that continues on the remainder of the physique.
Within the cabin, Ram has gone with a well-recognized format although there’s a big show display screen on the high of the middle stack and enormous rotary dials sitting under this. The automobile additionally retains a rotary dial controller for the transmission, probably an Eight-speed computerized. Judging by the scale of the cab on a few of the prototypes, it additionally seems like Ram shall be providing its Mega Cab possibility on the redesigned 1500.
Within the powertrain division, count on to see the acquainted three.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-Eight choices, probably with out there turbocharging for the previous. And regardless of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles’ latest diesel woes, we’re nonetheless anticipating a torquey oil-burner within the next-gen 1500 sooner or later. Extra highly effective V-Eight choices are additionally probably, together with in a doable Ford F-150 Raptor rival, and we hear that mild-hybrid expertise can be being checked out.
2019 Ram 1500 spy photographs – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Underpinning the automobile is a brand new body-on-frame platform. And the physique shall be principally metal however incorporate some lighter supplies, specifically aluminum, at some sections to save lots of weight.
Pickup truck gross sales have been one of many vivid spots for FCA in 2017, so the redesigned 1500 is a automobile whose launch should go easily. Gross sales of Ram vehicles are up 5 % calendar 12 months to this point, in contrast with the identical 9-month interval in 2016. and the determine is made all of the extra spectacular when you think about that the general marketplace for new autos within the U.S. has shrunk over the identical interval.
The competitors is not resting, although. By the point the 2019 1500 arrives, it will likely be dealing with up to date variations of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150.
Be aware, the body-on-frame platform being developed for the redesigned 1500 may also be used for Jeep’s new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The SUVs have been initially due in 2018 however now gained’t arrive till 2019 or 2020.