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The 2019 Ram 1500 could make its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show early next year.

Spy photographers came across a 2019 Ram 1500 completely undisguised after winds in Michigan blew the cover off the next-generation pickup truck. Sporting a slimmed down appearance up front, the headlights and front grille resemble what’s found on the Dodge Durango, while chrome work gives it a more upscale appearance. Our spy photographers point out the Ram’s badging has changed quite a bit compared to today’s model, with a metallic badge displaying the “1500” and “HEMI 5.7L” installed on the trailing edge of the hood, just above the front fender.
Overall, the truck has a bit more complex design compared to the current model, losing some of its overall smooth appearance for something more chiseled and athletic.

In the rear, Ram kept the styling of the new 1500 clean, and based on the mounting holes that are visible on the tailgate, you can expect “RAM” badging to be used on the rear fascia. The tail lights are a bit interesting too, tossing out the heavy LED features of today’s model for a more subtle effect with frosted white accents.
Expect more details on the 2019 Ram 1500 in the coming months, especially if it is set to debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
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Yeah, I don't see anything that great.
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Those taillights are terrible, and a tad too much chrome up front, but overall I like it. I'd still take one over a Chevy or Ford.
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Those taillights are terrible, and a tad too much chrome up front, but overall I like it. I'd still take one over a Chevy or Ford.
Yeah, we know. You'd buy a 6000lb sedan with a 5hp lawn mower engine as long as it was a Mopar.




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Looks like the Nissan Titan got out of its yard and fucked a Honda Ridgeline and someone tried to abort it half way through.

That looks like shit. Most Dodge trucks look like shit though.

Ford and Chevy are light years better looking.
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Still prefer the old Kenworth look
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2019 Ram 1500 gets vertical touchscreen infotainment system





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Truck buyers have grown to expect more than class-leading payload, towing, and torque figures. Today's pickups entice buyers with roomy cabins, luxurious interior materials, and the latest technologies that automakers have to offer. In the case of Ram, that includes FCA's well-regarded UConnect infotainment system. And judging by this latest set of spy shots, the 2019 Ram 1500's UConnect 4.0 package will include an inverted LCD screen.

Vertical-oriented touchscreens are already available in certain Tesla, Volvo, and Toyota Prius Prime models, but this is the first such system we've seen in a pickup truck. The tall screen is flanked by hard buttons – some of which duplicate on-screen climate controls – and an additional set of software buttons appear at the bottom. Toggle switches below the screen include an option to manually raise and lower the Ram's air suspension setup. And finally, two dials remain for audio volume and tuning functions.

A look at the 2019 Ram 1500's key fob shows that it, too, will get buttons to adjust the truck's ride height. That should make it easier to bring the pickup closer to the ground for entry and to load the bed, even from outside the cabin. We expect to see the Ram 1500 to debut in production spec at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2018.
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2019 Ram 1500 spotted with split tailgate

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A little over three years ago, we discovered a patent from Fiat-Chrysler that showed a pickup truck tailgate that not only dropped down like a normal one, but was also split into two swing-out halves. It appears to be a reality now, since one of the Ram 1500 prototypes shown above has just such a tailgate.

The tailgate above does look a bit different from the one shown in the patent drawings. For one thing, it's not a 50/50 split in the middle. Instead, Ram seems to have opted for something like a 60/40, or maybe 70/30 split. We're not sure exactly why this is, but there could be a few advantages. For one, It probably allows for the use of the same or nearly the same handle as on conventional Rams, as well as the same badging. For another, if the tailgate operates as described in the patent, it might be possible to open just one side without opening the other, and having the shorter piece could offer some flexibility in tight areas where a larger half couldn't open fully.

Testing alongside the split tailgate truck were some other Ram 1500s that had their tailgates completely covered. They did reveal some other cargo management features that should show up on the production truck, such as a return of the RamBox bedside storage compartments. One of the trucks also revealed some ribbed bedsides that would allow the positioning of a cargo divider just about anywhere in the bed.

We expect to see the new Ram 1500 to be fully revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. In the meantime, you can check out what we believe the production truck will look like, as well as everything we know about it, here.

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This could be the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500

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We're not too far away from the sheet being pulled off the 2019 Ram 1500. Officially, as opposed to the wind doing the job as it did last month. That very incident gave us enough information to create the artist renderings above.

Quite obviously the biggest change will be the grille, as it's a near certainty that we will have seen the last of the traditional crosshair grille that dates back to the Ram's days as a Dodge. The traditional Ram logo has also probably been binned, at least on the exterior, in favor of the broad Ram script currently seen on the Ram Rebel, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims. Indeed, it seems like a change that the brand has subtly been trying to get its customers ready for, as a quick trip to the company website will show a greater reliance on those trim levels to visually represent each Ram model (including the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500).

Now, there will likely continue to be multiple grille options available as there is today to at least differentiate luxury and off-road models. We also suspect that there may actually be a crossbar of sorts spanning the middle of the standard grille fitted to the truck's Big Horn/Laramie look, which would be the chrome-heavy mid-grade trims represented above and what was spied on that gusty Michigan day.

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We got pretty good shots of the new Ram interior a few weeks ago. There will be a vertically oriented touchscreen available, possibly with updated UConnect interface software, flanked by hard buttons for the climate control system. A volume knob and redundant multi-purpose control knob will remain, as will the rotary transmission selector. New toggle switches below will be dedicated to various vehicle controls, and we would assume would remain in place throughout the trim level range. Smaller touchscreens will almost certainly be found on lower trims with a traditional array of climate controls between them and the toggles.

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An intrepid magnet-wielding spy photographer back in August examined a 2019 Ram test mule's body panels and discovered the majority of them are steel. The hood and tailgate are aluminum, however.

The coil springs are staying put
Spy photos have shown that one of the current Ram's defining characteristics will continue to feature on the new truck. The coil springs currently deliver superior ride comfort, and improve handling and stability, especially while towing.

The Mega Cab might be making a comeback
Some spy photos have shown what could be a longer crew cab available on the 2019 Ram 1500. Although the extra-long Mega Cab has been available on the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks, the half-ton 1500 has been without that option in its current generation. It did, however, debut on the previous-generation truck and provided an almost laughable amount of legroom for rear seat occupants. The other possibility is that it was just an optical illusion created by gobs of black vinyl body cladding and the biggest cab style we'll get will still be the Crew Cab.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V8, 3.6-liter V6 and Eight-speed Automatic return
Will there be an EcoDiesel? With all the trouble currently swirling around the current engine, we'll just have to wait and see.

Will there be a 707-horsepower Hellram? We can only hope. We also ask for credit for that name.

Advanced safety tech will be available
Since the current Ram dates back to 2009, it has gone without the sort of advanced safety tech that's become widespread throughout the automotive industry - including in Ram's Ford and General Motors competitors. Spy photos would indicate that will change for 2019, however, as the new taillights would seem to have the same sort of embedded blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detectors as the Ford F-150 has.

Look for the 2019 Ram 1500 at the Detroit Auto Show in January
Now, will it be accompanied by a heard of cattle down Jefferson Ave.? You know, like Chrysler totally did back in '08? Yeah, probably not.


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2019 Ram 1500 prototype gives us better glimpse of grille
We get a better look at that single center bar.


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Though we've managed to see most of the 2019 Ram 1500 from previous spy shots, we're still discovering new details here and there in spy photos. The latest batch shown above feature a truck with camoufalge that covers most of the body, but curiously leaves the grille practically bare.

The grille appears to be a version of what we saw on the nearly uncovered example from a few months ago. This time, that central bar is uncovered. In some ways, it looks like a sleeker version of the grille found on current Laramie Rams; the holes on either side of the emblem area are slimmed way down, and fit a single line. We can also see that those holes line up with the turn signal/daytime running light elements in the headlights.

If you're not a fan of this new grille, the good news is that there will probably be a variety of different designs available, just as there are on current Rams. There aren't many other details to glean from this prototype, though. It appears to be the longer of the four-door models and has an impressive amount of glass area. The tailgate is fully covered, so we can't tell if this has a conventional drop-down gate or the split version we've seen on another prototype. We should know much more in about a month when the Ram 1500 is expected to appear at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. For more about the Ram including renderings of the final truck, check out our post on what we know so far.
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2019 Ram 1500 shows its full face

We get a bead on the big truck's badge.





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We're only a couple of weeks away from the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck's public reveal at the Detroit Auto Show, but we're still getting little sneak peeks of the new Ram. In these spy photos, we get the last piece of the truck's front fascia puzzle, the badge.

As expected, the Ram logo fits in a little space between the split chrome bars in the middle of the grille. We're still not sure if this horizontal bar grille will be the only version or if there will be an assortment as there is on the current model. This iteration is the only version we've seen so far. These shots also show how this grille integrates nicely with the headlights. The turn signal LEDs line up with the gap in the chrome bar, the lower portion of the bar lines up with the lower running lights, and the upper portion lines up with the main headlight element.

The rest of the truck will be fully revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. We know it will feature a 5.7-liter V8, which will probably be accompanied by at least a gasoline V6 if not a new version of the EcoDiesel V6, too. It may also be shown with the previously spied split tailgate. For additional peeks at the pickup, check out these previous spy shots, as well as our renderings.

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2019 Ram 1500 shows its full face

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We're only a couple of weeks away from the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck's public reveal at the Detroit Auto Show, but we're still getting little sneak peeks of the new Ram. In these spy photos, we get the last piece of the truck's front fascia puzzle, the badge.

As expected, the Ram logo fits in a little space between the split chrome bars in the middle of the grille. We're still not sure if this horizontal bar grille will be the only version or if there will be an assortment as there is on the current model. This iteration is the only version we've seen so far. These shots also show how this grille integrates nicely with the headlights. The turn signal LEDs line up with the gap in the chrome bar, the lower portion of the bar lines up with the lower running lights, and the upper portion lines up with the main headlight element.

The rest of the truck will be fully revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. We know it will feature a 5.7-liter V8, which will probably be accompanied by at least a gasoline V6 if not a new version of the EcoDiesel V6, too. It may also be shown with the previously spied split tailgate. For additional peeks at the pickup, check out these previous spy shots, as well as our renderings.


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2019 Ram 1500 Leaked From Factory Floor






A picture of the 2019 Ram 1500 has surfaced on Imgur ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 15th.

Set to battle the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, the redesigned Ram features an all-new front fascia which eschews the truck's crosshair grille. It has been replaced by an all-new unit which features chrome trim and prominent "RAM" badging.

Designers also installed new headlights and an evolutionary front bumper which has an air intake. Moving further back, we can see a bulging hood, smoother bodywork, and a more rounded greenhouse.

Previous spy photos have shown the cabin will feature a host of improvements including higher quality materials and a new center stack with a UConnect infotainment system that is flanked by vertical air vents. Drivers will also find a rotary gear selector and updated controls.

Engine options are expected to carryover and include a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Rumors have also suggested the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler could eventually be offered in the Ram 1500. It produces 270 hp (201 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque, which would make it ideal for customers looks to balance performance with fuel-efficiency.
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Looks like a rebadged Ford. The infotainment system looks better
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Damn, will someone step out of their comfort zone and inject some passion into these trucks and perhaps dial back all the cheesy chrome parts? All this money spent to barely change up the design. Ford is the only one remotely trying to modernize their designs and even then they play it woefully conservative. Why can't more trucks look a bit more butch, flared and Raptor-like?
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Damn, will someone step out of their comfort zone and inject some passion into these trucks and perhaps dial back all the cheesy chrome parts? All this money spent to barely change up the design. Ford is the only one remotely trying to modernize their designs and even then they play it woefully conservative. Why can't more trucks look a bit more butch, flared and Raptor-like?
But chevy/gmc still have the best looking trucks.
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The 2019 Ram 1500 Gets Hybrid Tech And An Insane 12-Inch Touchscreen (Updated)





We’ve known that the new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, called the “DT” platform, will get some significant design changes. But now we have a lot more info on what’s under the refreshed sheetmetal.

Fiat Chrysler’s revised half-ton truck does boast some big new capability claims, including a massive 2,300 pound payload max and huge top towing capacity of 12,750 pounds in certain configurations.





Update: I originally thought the Ram will also technically be the first hybrid half-ton pickup truck on the market, though as some Jalopnik readers have pointed out, GM experimented with such tech in a Silverado about a decade ago. And as I found out on fueleconomy.gov, Chevy is in fact still selling a similar mild hybrid Silverado nationwide today. GM is just, for some reason, choosing not to market it.
Barring surprises from any other automakers, Ram will be the only outfit utilizing a mild hybrid system on updated versions of its 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar and 5.7 liter V8 Hemi engines.
The gas V6 will be rated to 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, just like the current truck, but the hybrid power boost is supposed to add 90 lb-ft of torque when it comes online. The Hemi V8 has the same baseline power figures it does now too: 395 HP and 410 lb-ft, with the hybrid system adding 130 lb-ft.
The 2019 Ram with those engines is supposed to arrive at dealers as soon as the first quarter of this year, but there doesn’t seem to be any word yet on the status of the 3.0 EcoDiesel.




The hybrid system is used in both the V6 and V8, as is an eight-speed automatic. It will be standard on the V6 but optional on the V8.

That system probably works like the Motor Generator Unit in the 2018 Wrangler, which FCA calls “eTorque,” which basically provides the truck with a boost by feeding power from a 48 volt battery to the powertrain through the engine’s drive belts.




The MGU is installed where an alternator would typically be, acting to both utilize the vehicle’s battery for propulsion and feed power back into it during regenerative braking.
In theory, the practical benefits of such a system would be improved fuel economy and seamless start/stop events when the truck shuts itself down at a stoplight. There’s still a regular separate starter motor that will crank the truck to life during cold starts, but the MGU will be what turns the truck back on when it automatically shuts off under normal operation.
We’ll find out more about how it works and how it feels in the coming days and months, when we eventually get to drive this thing. Actual mpg claims are TBA for now.
Beyond the mild hybrid system, the 2019 Ram’s more interesting features include an enormous 12-inch portrait-oriented center console display. The screen is big enough to rival Tesla’s, with the row slick and classic looking switch style hard keys. Some more cool looking controls are mounted near the rear-view mirror at the top-center of the windshield, creating a very futuristic vibe in the cab.




I love how cleanly that monolithic monitor is integrated into the dashboard. The toggle switches look great, too. And the rotary shifter, even if you hate it, does free up a lot of storage room in the center console.
Additionally, the new Ram will have an optionalpower tailgate, meaning that you can open it with the push of a button. Sadly for Chevy, the 2019 Silverado was only the “exclusive” power-tailgate half-ton truck for a few days.

That tailgate, along with the truck’s hood, will be made of aluminum. That, plus changes to the frame, are supposed to account for a total weight savings of up to 225 pounds off the current “DS” platform Ram.
If you’re hot for weight savings, you might not want to spec the panoramic sunroof, but, yeah, a massive roof window like the one Ford introduced on the 2015 F-150 is optional on the new Ram.
The Ram 1500’s range of trim levels will be edited from 11 to eight for 2019: the standard basic Tradesman work truck, an HFE fuel economy focused model, the Rebel off-road trim, and the Laramie, Long Horn, Big Horn and Limited lux trim.
The full four-door crew cab version of the truck is 3.9 inches longer than the current vehicle, with an extra 4.1 inches in its wheelbase. That’s supposed to translate to more rear passenger legroom.
There’s still going to be a lot of measuring to do to see how this thing really stacks up to its rivals, but the interior might be my new favorite truck cab cockpit.
I’m really looking forward to sitting in one of these, driving it, and seeing how it really handles more than a metric ton of junk in the bed.










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Here Are The 2019 Ram 1500's Easter Eggs





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The 2019 Ram 1500 has a new mild hybrid system, a glorious optional 12-inch touchscreen display, and storage cubbies all over the interior. But that interior is also hiding some neat design easter eggs that call back to classic truck stuff.



Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler is really into putting semi-secret styling elements into its vehicles. The Jeep Renegade is positively bristling with aesthetic callbacks to company heritage, and even the new Wrangler has a handful of subtle ones.
Here are the coolest decorative features I found on the new Ram half-ton truck.
Predecessor Parade (Center Console Floor)




In the bottom of the cavernous center console, there’s a little parade of Ram trucks through the generations etched into the plastic. You’ve got the OG Ram that was around through most of the 1980s, the second gen that ran through the ’90s, then the ’00s one and the fourth gen that’s being replaced by the 2019 truck. That piece they’re on flips up to make a divider for whatever you’ve got stashed in there.

















The console is incredibly versatile and deep. Note also the useful “Max Fill” line, which will let you know if your stuff will keep the lid from closing.
Architecture Tools (Center Console Lid)



That “Max Fill” line exists because the lid itself has a storage compartment in it. And on the underside of that compartment’s lid is this little study guide for geometry class.
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You’re probably not going to be referencing the protractor and conversion table when you’ve got a smartphone and a giant infotainment screen to do things like math for you, but it’s neat as a design element.
Ruler (Floor Storage)




Another reference ruler is embedded in the plastic near the rear passenger footwell, for like, measuring your feet I guess. Or maybe the fish you just caught and are about to toss in a cooler. Got to stay above the legal limit, after all.
CD Player (Center Console)




If you look close, you’ll see that there’s a cute piece of retro technology placed right below all the controls in the Ram’s main console, reminding you of a simpler time when cowboys roamed and records stores still existed.






The giant, glorious infotainment screen might be the new 2019 Ram’s coolest and most useful feature, but it’s more fun to find hidden treasures around the truck’s interior.
I wasn’t able to open the hood or crawl into the bed, so future owners might find more interesting elements when they start taking delivery. If you get to peep the truck for yourself soon, let us know if you find anything else.
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2019 Ram 1500: FCA design boss discusses truck's 'well-dressed' new look

'We’re in the middle of a truck war. And the public wins.'





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The Ram pickup may be FCA's linchpin vehicle. It is the brand's bestseller in America, by far. In 2017, more than 500,000 of these full-size trucks rumbled off of dealers' lots, outselling FCA's second-bestseller, the Jeep Grand Cherokee by a 2-to-1 ratio. Even in an American automotive market in which sales were down by nearly 2 percent, even in the last model year of production for the truck's current generation, sales were up by more than 11,000 units over 2016.

"The Ram pickup is exceptionally important. Especially since the last one was so popular," says FCA Design Head Ralph Gilles. "We're in the middle of a truck war. And the public wins."

No small part of the Ram's success has been derived from its sneering appearance, its more carlike ride, and its potent Hemi engines. Sales have nearly tripled in this generation, and many of those sales are poached from competitors at Ford and GM.

So, when unveiling an all-new Ram pickup, many considerations have to be weighed. It has to fit in with the heritage of the vehicle, it has to offer significant advances, and it has to capitalize on its slight underdog status in comparison with the bigger players from Ford and General Motors, whose pickups sell over 800,000 units a year.



"The Ram was designed as an honest truck," says Gilles. "But with our Longhorn and Limited, we are staring to look at how far we can push the luxury end of things. And with Rebel, we are looking at how far we can push in a sporty direction. So it's kind of a dual personality thing."

Gilles says that the distinctive, unique selling proposition of the Ram is based in no small part on its looks. "I think we are the most well-dressed," he says. "The truck is sleek and smart looking, and will age well."

Safety features are also key, especially when creating a smoothly holistic appearance, like the new Ram has. "We want to integrate all the safety features consumers want without making the truck look like it has the measles," Gilles says.

Although the automotive market overall was down in 2017, pickup truck sales were up by nearly 5 percent over 2016, a rather stunning increase. But one that is reflective of contemporary tastes. Nearly two-thirds of all vehicle purchases in America last year were light trucks (this includes pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and vans.) In an era of intense technological change, this seems somehow retrogressive.



Yet the new Ram integrates a 48-volt battery and 300-watt lithium-ion battery — the eTorque mild hybrid system — that boosts torque briefly, and enhances efficiency. But with startups like Tesl, Workhorse and Chanje, and established brands like Mercedes and Mitsubishi, exploring or building electric trucks, we wonder if there is any broader consideration among the domestic manufacturers to electrification in this market.

"eTorque is not just a hybrid system for increased fuel economy but for excellent performance," Gilles says. "We are trying to introduce it to our customers so they'll enjoy and appreciate it and see they there is no drawback, no penalty. It's all upside."
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