Ram’s 1500 light-duty pickup is getting ready to receive a new generation suit, which is scheduled for 2017. However, since the outstanding truck underwent a refresh two years ago and undated everything starting from the interior, exterior and powertrain, the next-generation, 2018 Ram 1500 will have to receive some more intense changes, which will once again surpass Ford’s F-150 pickup and its aluminum body. And while there is a ton of rumors claiming that Fiat-Chrysler’s best-selling pickup truck prepares aluminum body, we think otherwise.
2018 Ram 1500: New Exterior, Larger Badges, Rear Seats Fully Folded Down
Fully redesigned 2018 Ram 1500 will have to shed some weights, but this can’t be the main change. Except of the aluminum body, Ram’s biggest domestic competitor will also try to add diesel and hybrid engines, as well as a new 10-speed automatic transmission, so the next-generation Ram 1500 will definitely try to get everything improved. Still, we won’t be too speculative about the exterior and interior redesign, because we simply don’t know what the carmaker prepares. By following the loudest speculations we have found out that the pickup could get a new split tailgate, which will be made to open horizontally as well as up-and-down. Except of some standard styling changes such as the new grille, bumpers, headlights and other, the car producer will likely upgrade badging, so the Ram and especially engines badging will notably grow. The main interior change will hit the rear seats that will be able to fold completely into the floors, and thus to make a sleeping space.
2018 Ram 1500: Upgraded Engines, Upgraded Towing
On the other hand, what we know for sure is that the all-new, 2018 Ram 1500 will get some big drivetrain changes. The manufacturer will start from the transmissions, so you will be able to get a six-speed manual just with the base model, while all others should have an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The biggest deal of the redesigned pickup truck will be the update of the engines. First on the update line will be an outstanding Pentstar that will be boosted over 300 horsepower, while the torque should get some very high figures. In addition, the new engine will feature a higher compression ratio, as well as a wider cam-phasing spectrum, but it will stay with fuel injection. As for the diesel, the newest rumors suggest that the carmaker tries to improve towing capacity and push in over 10,000 pounds.