The all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 pickup truck has broken cover at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasting a lighter curb weight, mild-hybrid powertrains, and a fresh new face that does away with the crosshair grille of yore.
Two engines will be available from launch: Fiat Chrysler’s common 3.6L Pentastar V6, and a 5.7L Hemi V8. The former is rated 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, while the latter produces up to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft. Both are coupled with a new, 48-volt BAS (Belt Alternator Starter) hybrid system dubbed “eTorque”, which provides an additional 90 lb-ft temporarily with the 3.6L, and an extra 130 lb-ft with the 5.7L.
Equipped with the Hemi V8 engine, the 2019 RAM 1500 is good for 2,300 pounds of max payload, and 12,750 pounds of max towing capacity.
At the same time, the new RAM has grown physically larger even while its overall weight has been reduced. The 2019 RAM 1500 is four inches longer than the outgoing pickup, and half-an-inch wider, yet it’s around 225 pounds lighter when comparing equivalent models. This has been accomplished largely through the use of high-strength steel, and both the hood and tailgate are formed from aluminum.
The suspension remains largely the same, although new dampers should give the 2019 RAM 1500 improved ride and handling. An air bag suspension remains available as an option.
Inside the cabin, there’s a good deal more space than before, and in fact, RAM claims that the new truck features twice the interior storage space of the competition. A new, portrait-oriented 12-inch touchscreen is mounted on the dash, and it’s capable of running two applications simultaneously in splitscreen. It boasts the latest version of Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability; navigation, an onboard 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system are all optional.
As for active safety tech, the 2019 RAM 1500 offers a 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and forward collision warning.
The all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 light-duty pickup will start shipping to dealers in the first quarter of this year. Stay tuned for more as it becomes available.