Later in the month, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, an all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 pickup is expected to debut, competing with a brand-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – and most likely, a new North American Ford Ranger – for attention. The new RAM 1500’s intriguing, anticipated split-tailgate feature is sure to attract at least some number of visitors to the stand, but apart from that, what else should we expect from the all-new light-duty pickup?
For one thing, signs point to the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 rocking a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, most likely translating to increased legroom in the cabin. But while some early rumors had it that the new light-duty would feature aluminum construction like the current Ford F-150 – a move that certainly would’ve helped fight an increase in curb weight, given the new, longer wheelbase – the truck is now expected to stick with steel. The sole exceptions, according to spy photographers, will be the hood and tailgate, both of which will be stamped from aluminum alloy.
Aesthetically, the 2019 RAM 1500 will look like so many thousands of pounds of truck, although the trademark crosshair-style grille will be replaced with a sleek, hexagonal piece with a horizontal theme that integrates nicely into a pair of redesigned headlights. Higher trim levels could bring additional grille designs, of course. Inside the cabin, one spied prototype featured on The Fast Lane Truck had a clean, modern-looking dash with a tall, Tesla-esque touchscreen in the center stack, flanked by buttons along the top and sides, with hard switches underneath. Some of the more basic models might feature a more spartan interior, of course.
As for motivation, we expect the 5.7L Hemi petrol V8 and 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 to carry on into the 2019 model year, likely with some small tweaks for improved efficiency and output, but what might comprise a third powertrain option still remains a bit of a mystery. As hard as it is to picture a four-banger propelling the new 2019 RAM 1500, the folks at TFLTruck seem to think a small turbo four-cylinder is a possibility, coupled with a mild hybrid system to enable it to just about match the Pentastar V6 for peak torque and horsepower.
In all likelihood, we’ll find out soon enough. Stay tuned.