The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has finally arrived and changes on the model are revolutionary. After the revolution the redesigned Ford F-150 brought to the pickup segment, the new Ram 1500 is another breakthrough.
FCA changed and improved almost everything on the new truck and new shiny styling ditched long-running, signature crosshair grille. The redesign also brings significant structural improvements but also new version is both larger and lighter. A step forward is also an introduction of the hybridization with FCA’s eTorque system which improves performance and efficiency. The tech-laden interior is more spacious and modern plus new truck brings structural and technology safety upgrades. Of course, FCA will offer a number of trim options.
2019 Ram 1500: Revolutionary design
Surprised or not, the new 2019 Ram 1500 dropped the long-running, signature crosshair grille and now comes with slimmer, similarly shaped design which will again differ, depending on the trim option. The model also has less pronounced curves and shapes and looks sleek and more modern. The hood has nice, curved power-dome creases while profile comes with softer lines.
Modernized styling will get your attention while the structural improvements are what matter when it comes to towing and drive quality. The new Ram 1500 sits on the redesigned frame which includes 98 percent of advanced high-tensile steel for better performance. The body structure uses the same steel in about 54 percent while aluminum is used to make the hood, tailgate and control arms. As the result of structural and design upgrades, the frame boasts much-improved rigidity while the model weights 225 lbs less and boasts improved drag coefficient. Keep in mind, the new truck is also 3.9 inches longer and rides on a 4.1-inches stretched wheelbase in some versions.
Inside the cabin, we will benefit from improved passenger capacity and rear leg room plus clever storage compartments and new technologies. The crew cab models will have 45.2 inches or rear-seat legroom compared to current 40.3 inches.
In upper trim versions, we will get a new and class largest 12.0-inch display capable to display picture in the split-screen format. The new high-spec infotainment system will support Apple Car Play and Android Auto and come with navigation. The new Ram 1500 will also offer a Uconnect 4 system with an 8.4-inch display in some trims while the base versions will offer a 5.0-inch display Uconnect 3 system.
Important for the redesigned Ram is also upgraded safety including structural and tech improvements. The new models will be available with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, surround view cameras, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, etc.
2019 Ram 1500: Performance options
On the performance front, familiar engines will return but with the hybrid system adapted from the redesigned Wrangler. A 3.6-liter V-6 engine will produce 305 hp and torque of 265 lb-ft but the 48-volt eTorque hybrid system will yield 90 lb-ft of low-end twist. The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 will produce 395 hp and torque of 410 lb-ft. This engine with an optional mild-hybrid system will benefit from additional 130 lb-ft of torque. The eTorque system includes motor/generator setup which feds 48-volt lithium-ion battery. The turbodiesel engine will also be available.
The new Ram 1500 will improve its towing capability to 12, 700 pounds while the payload maximum will be 2, 300 pounds. Hybridized powertrains will also provide improved fuel economy.
2019 Ram 1500: Release, Price
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018. The model will come in seven trim levels including Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, Rebel, Laramie, Longhorn and Limited. The price range will be revealed closer to the launch date.