New Ram Models Heading to Independence, MO


Ram's 2019 version of their 1500 model is thoroughly representative of twenty-first-century trends, including fuel-efficiencies that are unmatched by the competition as well as technology that has been completely updated to be the best in the field. Rather than being just an overhauled pickup, the 2019 Ram 1500 changes how the truck creators must think.

Ram's new 1500 was first presented at Detroit's North American International Auto Show earlier this year and will be available for purchase by the public at the end of March. The overhaul completely changes the full-sized pickup in all aspects, bringing it to the top of the Big Three. The primary features include more tech and interior space, as well as a mild-hybrid system.

2019 Ram 1500 Highlights

Let's break down the basic highlights of the changes to the 1500. First, the owner is now able to tow up to 12,750 pounds, while 2,300 pounds is the new maximum payload. The engine, already 3.6-liter V6 from Pentastar, now adds 90 pound-feet of torque through its e-Torque system. This e-Torque will also be available with larger engines, like a 5.7-liter Hemi which gains another one hundred and thirty pound-feet of torque. Both the Pentastar and Hemi options have an automatic transmission consisting of eight-speeds.

Alongside more power, the Ram 1500 weighs in at 225 pounds lesser than its predecessor through the use of aluminum in the cross-members of the front control-arms and transmission. Aluminum can also be found in the tailgate, and the use of state-of-the-art steel adds to its lighter nature.

More space is another key feature of the 2019 Ram 1500. You will now find a cab that is four inches longer, reclining seats of up to eight degrees in the second row, RamBins integrated into the flat-load floor, and increased storage under the seats as well. The frame's nearly one hundred percent high-strength steel also allows the Ram to be more rigid and durable.

The Ram logo is highly chiseled and the grille shutters are active. The air dam activates and deactivates at 35 and 15 mph, respectively. Inside the Ram, logo is another hidden feature: the A of "RAM" contains a front camera inside.

The audio system comes from Harman Kardon with nineteen top-notch speakers, which are amplified by surround sound coming in at 900-watts, and a subwoofer that measures ten inches.

For off-roaders, the 4x4 and Rebel packages come standard with an improved electronic rear differential but are available for purchase on other models as well as an upgrade. The Ram's parking brake has improved as well.

A Close Look at the All-New Ram 1500

What makes the styling unique? There are countless configurations for all trim levels, including Big Horn, Laramie, Limited, Longhorn, Rebel, and Tradesman. Less like the popular big rig appearances in the 90s, the updated Ram is sharp and clean; the less-combative wheel arches combine with a taller bed to increase aerodynamics. Also eliminated is the crosshair grille, with a "Ram" logo replacing it. You may recognize the logo, which came from last year's Limited and Rebel trims.

Overall, expect a less aggressive look. While this may cause the look to be less original, it results in a more palatable appearance for the general population who wish to use their trucks on a daily basis.

Inside the new Ram 1500, you will see that there is a focus on technology and interior storage. Each of the different trim levels has a slightly different look than the one before it. If you look at the higher end of the trim levels, the Limited has a ton of tech and clever storage bins and most of it is trimmed with leather. It also comes with a 12-inch touchscreen for its entertainment center. The Rebel has colors that contrast and the Longhorns really embrace the western look with wood trims and complementing leather throughout the interior.

When looking at the powertrain for the different trim levels, you will see that the Ram offers a familiar 3.6-liter V6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 for the 2019 models. Both of these come with eTorque, which is a 48V mild-hybrid system. The battery packs and electronic motors are optional for the V8 but come standard with the V6.

The V6 gives you 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and has a stop/start system that will help you save on fuel consumption. The V8 has 395 horsepower with 410 lb-ft of torque and has the ability to shut down half of its cylinders when you are cruising to help you save on fuel consumption as well.


No matter whether you choose the V6 or the V8, the Ram 1500 has an 8-speed automatic transmission with the ability to send power to two or four wheels. The four-corner air suspension is also on the 2019 models and can raise and lower the Ram 1500 two inches in either direction so that you can not only get better clearance but also have better access and aerodynamics.

The 2019 Ram 1500 will come in regular, extended and crew cabs that have either a 6.5-foot bed or an 8-foot bed. The interior has 45.1-inches of rear leg space and heated/cooled seats in the front and the rear with reclining seats for the back. The center console has up to 38 gallons of storage and cubby spaces. The trim levels are abundant and range in the amount of luxury with Tradesman's cloth all the way to Natura leather to choose from.

The new 2019 Ram 1500 has a reinforced frame that includes small overlap crash structures and wheel blockers.

What of the New Ram 2500 and Ram 3500?

The Ram 2500 and 3500 are not due to come out with a new model until 2020. The new HD models look like they have more to offer with towing, hauling and other capabilities that are dominating this year.

The powertrain options should be similar to what is offered now in the new 2500 and 3500. They might be dropping the 5.7-liter V8, but it will still be available in the 1500. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon will have a 6.4-liter V8 with 429 lb-ft of torque and 410 horsepower. The Cummins will have a 6.7-liter turbocharged inline-6 with 930 lb-ft that will give you the ability to haul over 30,000 pounds.

Pickup truck sales are up by 5.2%, which is 3.8% more than this same period last year. Remember to look out for the debut of the 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 either late in 2018 or early the next year.

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