Ram’s new generation 1500 pickup truck is just a few months ahead of the official debut. Yes, the car manufacturer plans to introduce its best-selling nameplate at the 2018 Detroit auto show and we still have no idea how it will look the future vehicle. That’s because all testing vehicles we caught are using heavy camouflage. It’s pretty much the same case with the newest prototype that managed to catch Trucktrend.com.
As you can see, the truck is completely wrapped, so we can’t what’s going on beneath. However, it’s pretty obvious that the prototype the caught is actually the 2019 Ram 1500 Quad Cab. In case you don’t know, the Quad Cab truck is shorter than the Crew Cab and about the same size as the extended-cab pickups, but it offers four doors. The option is was pretty rear in the past, yet now most of the truck producers offer the option.
Even though we can’t see almost anything, we managed to figure out what’s happening in the front. As we see it, the pickup sports a script-letter grille instead of crosshairs, while the front bumper appears to be a bit lowered. The headlights are completely covered, so we can’t really say what’s going on there, yet the hood looks a bit more aerodynamic than before. Truck’s footprint seems to be unchanged, as well as the profile. However, the platform will definitely feature certain improvements, but don’t expect to see an all-aluminum truck as Ford did with the F-150. Instead, the carmaker will still use steel for most of the parts, with an exception of tailgate and hood, which will be made of aluminum.
We mentioned several times which engine option might get the 2019 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, however now we got an information what’s going to change. The base 3.6-Liter V6 Pentastar engine will reportedly get more power. Instead of current 295 horsepower, the V6 unit will be able to deliver around 320 horsepower. As for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, it should not get any improvements, simply because the car manufacturer prepares a successor. Still, the new engine won’t be ready for another two years, so don’t expect it right away.
As for the diesel-powered truck, it’s going to use the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel unit, except instead of today’s 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque the oil-burner might produce 5 to 10 percent more. The only new option should be a new turbo four, so-called 2.0-liter Hurricane, which is rumored to develop up to 300 horsepower. All options will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.