We’re well aware that FCA is hard at work developing the next-generation Ram pickup truck that will represent the fifth generation of the Ram pickup. And now, our spy photographers have captured the new truck undergoing testing, giving us our best look yet at the overhauled bread winner.
The biggest news here is that the prototype is wearing a production grille, trailering mirrors and taillights. Though FCA’s camouflager artists have done a great job covering up the design, we still get a good idea of what the truck will look like. It would appear that the exterior will be more evolutionary than revolutionary.
Notably, the grille appears to feature smaller “nostrils” than the current model, while the headlamps look like they’ve grown in size. The cab appears to have grown as well, but a heavy dose of camouflage covers the previously-rumored split tailgate, adding more mystery to the part.
Though the 2019 Ram 1500 will ride on a new platform, it is widely expected to continue using a steel body construction, while becoming slightly lighter than the current model. The strategy to use steel is in stark contrast compared to the advanced materials utilized by direct rivals. Ford initiated the race by making the 2015 F-150 from aluminum. Meanwhile, GM’s Chevy Silverado and GMC sierra are rumored to use a mixed material body that might consist of aluminum and carbon fiber.
It is expected that the Ram 1500 will continue offering an optional air suspension and coil springs, both of which are exclusive to the segment. Under the hood, a more powerful HEMI V-8 is expected, along with whispers of a possible hybrid, turbo-four cylinder, as well as a direct rival to the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Notably, the Ram has been catching up to the Silverado in cumulative sales volume in 2017: in the first 11 moths of the year, Silverado sales have fallen a slight 0.46 percent to 518,188 units while Ram truck sales have increased 3.16 percent to 455,816 units during the same time frame. Ford F-Series sales, meanwhile, have outpaced both of the models, growing 10 percent to 807,379 units.
Sales Numbers - Full-Size Mainstream Pickup Trucks - November 2017 - USA
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We’re anticipating that FCA will pull the wraps off the 2019 Ram 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
See the 2019 Ram 1500 spy shots.