The 2019 Ram 1500 will be completely redesigned, but you probably knew that already. However, what you don’t know is the fact that the truck will be introduced early next year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These are the official words of Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, so there will be no mistake with the arrival of the new-gen Ram 1500.
As far as we know so far, the third best-selling vehicle in the United States will host a number of changes. The popular pickup will feature a completely redesigned exterior and interior, as well as some new options under the hood. The testing models are suggesting a far better cab arrangement from now on. That’s due to a new wheelbase, which provides more space for passengers and cargo. But that’s not all that’s new inside. No, the 2019 Ram 1500 will also feature a lot better technologies, including latest UConnect infotainment system, as well as a few additional, more expensive trim levels, which should satisfy the most demanding buyers.
It’s still not crystal clear how it will look like the new generation Ram 1500, but judging by the latest spy shots, the half-ton truck will likely add more dynamic to the overall design. Plus, both front and back lights will be changed. More precisely, the truck sports the new headlights are getting thin LED strip lines at the low end, while the taillights appear to have a dual horizontal LED strips. From now on, you can also expect an optional split tailgate. That’s now all of course. The pickup will probably shed some weight with more aluminum parts. This way, the carmaker will try to keep truck with Ford’s lightweight trucks.
In addition, the 2019 Ram 1500 will definitely feature some new options beneath the hood. The manufacturer will keep the 3.6-liter V6 unit available, but the engine will be updated and should develop up to 320 horsepower. We are not so sure what the plans are for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. As far as we know, the producer is working on an all-new turbocharged inline six-cylinder, which should replace the iconic V8, but the option won’t be ready before 2020. However, what we know for sure is that the truck will get a new four-cylinder turbo on time. The mill is known as Hurricane and will reportedly produce around 300 ponies. Of course, Ram won’t skip the chance to introduce a new diesel option. The oil-burner truck will continue to use a 3.0-liter Eco Diesel, which will be updated as well.
Even though we don’t know all the details, it’s quite clear that the 2019 Ram 1500 will be a better option than the predecessor. Still, we should wait until the 2018 NAIAS to see whether the redesigned truck can beat Ford’s untouchable F-150.