We’ve already seen some exciting cars and trucks come out of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show (Check them out HERE). The new 2019 Ford Ranger come back after out of North American production for years. Now we feast our eyes on another beautiful new pickup truck — the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) introduced the overhauled 2019 Ram 1500 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this weekend. Not only does the full-size pickup truck get a facelift, but it also features some impressive tech, plus the new Ram has gone hybrid. The Ram still has the drop fenders, but the grille is more streamlined than previous models and no longer has the crosshair grille, instead it says “RAM.” Gone is the mast antenna, instead the truck will receive signals from a roof-mounted shark fin antenna.
A huge new upgrade is literally huge. The Ram 1500 boasts a massive 12-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect 4C infotainment system. At 12-inches this is a Tesla-like giant display and is the largest infotainment screen available in a full-size truck. The screen can a single display or a split-screen for the passenger to also use. The 1500 comes with SiriusXM’s new subscription service called “360L,” which allows for Spotify-esque on-demand streaming. To listen to your custom music playlist a 19-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon premium surround sound system with 10-inch subwoofer is available. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will also be available.
The Ram 1500 offers 12 different storage configurations, room for a 15-inch laptop inside of the covered bin, an iPad holder at the rear of the console, five USB ports, an available wireless charging pad, and two 3-prong 115-volt household-style power outlets.
The Ram 1500 comes standard with 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. The big upgrade in the 2019 model is the new mild-hybrid eTorque system that replaces the conventional alternator with a 48-volt starter/generator working with a 300 watt-hour lithium-ion battery. The eTorque system provides seamless automatic engine stop-start operation. This doesn’t exactly give the Ram the fuel efficiency of a Prius, but it does supply an extra 90 lb.-ft. of torque at low engine speed to make the truck feel more responsive as well as save gas.
The 2019 Ram 1500 is the only pickup available with a 4-wheel air suspension that provides four different ride heights. One for off-road driving and another lowers the truck making entering and exiting easier. When you drive above 35 mph the Ram 1500 will drop more than half an inch to maximize aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
The Ram 1500 will come with new driver assistance systems and collision avoidance technologies. There are a ParkSense parallel parking assistance, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and a lane departure warning.
Options include halogen and LED headlights, full-width steel rear bumper in chrome or body color, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and wheels range from 18 to 22 inches. The 2019 Ram will be available in 12 different colors, with three two-tone variants. The truck has been upgraded to 6-lug wheels and hubs for improved durability.
The Ram 1500 is longer and wider than before, plus the bed height is higher. Despite being bigger, the Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter than the previous model. The Ram 1500 has a frame that is 98% high-strength steel and other chassis pieces are constructed out of steel, composites, and aluminum. The hood and tailgate are aluminum.
The Laramie trim level is for those who want complete luxury in their pickup truck. This high-class pickup truck comes with branded barnwood trim, vintage pistol-style tooled filigree, and leather upholstery everywhere. Active Noise Cancellation and laminated glass mean you can enjoy pure silence as you crunch over a rocky terrain.
An optional Max Tow Package is available that will allow this pickup to tug up to 12,750 pounds of trailer with a maximum payload of 2,300 pounds. This package achieves these towing capabilities through an exclusive 4-wheel coil spring suspension, which not only pulls more weight but also delivers more of a car-like ride.
The rugged Ram Rebel model will be available and it looks like a complete beast. This enhanced pickup truck has a lifted suspension, blacked-out trim, bigger headlamps, and Bilstein monotube shocks ready for some serious off-road adventures. The Rebel will have more juice thanks to a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that pumps out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque with the eTorque motor. It will be offered in both Quad Cab and Crew Cab models. Pricing on any the models hasn’t been announced yet but you should expect a base model Ram 1500 in the high $20,000s and $60,000 for a top-of-the-line Ram 1500 Limited.