It looks like the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 may not launch in the second quarter of this year as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had originally planned, with one fleet management services site now showing a July 16th production start date for the new RAM 1500 Regular Cab, and a July 23rd startup for the Quad and Crew Cabs (link). That same site shows that fleet order banks for both cab configurations will open on June 8th.
The dates were last updated on February 15th.
There are some other interesting dates listed, as well. Namely, an order bank open date of November 9th, 2018 is listed for the 2019 RAM 2500 pickup, 3500 pickup/chassis, and 4500/5500 chassis, with a production startup date of January 2nd, 2019 for all those models. The lateness of these dates could suggest that Fiat Chrysler’s RAM Trucks brand is planning to introduce all-new – or at least, significantly-tweaked – versions of its HD truck models.
If that’s the case, we suspect we’ll see the new RAM HD models bow sometime this year with a healthy mix of high-strength steel alloys in the frame and body to shed a few pounds, much like the approach employed by the all-new RAM 1500. The selection of powerplants on offer probably wouldn’t stray too far from the current options: a 5.7L Hemi V8 with VVT, a Heavy-Duty 6.4L Hemi V8, or a 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel I6. A BAS mild-hybrid system could be offered on the 5.7L.
Stay tuned for more on the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 and the 2019 RAM HD models as it develops.
(Hat-tip to tjs!)