Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram Trucks brand today unveiled the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman at “The Work Truck Show” in Indianapolis, Indiana. Based on the same all-new Ram 1500 light-duty pickup that was unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Tradesman is available in a Quad Cab configuration with a six-foot, four-inch bed, or two Crew Cab configurations, with either a standard five-foot, seven-inch bed or an optional six-foot, four-inch bed.
Available engine options include the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque mild-hybrid system, and the 5.7L Hemi V8, with or without eTorque. Those engines mate to an eight-speed automatic, available with either 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains.
None of that is unique within the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, but some of the Tradesman’s equipment might prove especially useful in vocational fields. The list of potentially-vital equipment includes a standard Class-3 trailer hitch, lighted four- and seven-pin trailer wire connectors, a 160-amp alternator, 730-amp battery, locking tailgate, and a cargo bed lamp. A 3.21:1 rear axle ratio comes standard, although a 3.92:1 axle can be had an option, and both anti-spin and electric locking rear differentials are available.
Also available is a higher-current 180-amp alternator, folding tow mirrors, off-road package with factory lift, and Ram’s exclusive four-corner air suspension system.
“Ram launched the original Tradesman model in 2011, and our work truck customers have enjoyed Ram’s benchmark durability ever since,” says FCA Head of Ram Trucks Brand Mike Manley. “Ram has the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton truck and the Ram 1500 Tradesman model will continue to deliver confidence for hard-working people who rely on it every day.”
The all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman starts at $31,695 MSRP, plus a $1,645 destination charge, and comes with a five-year/60k-mile powertrain warranty. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t indicated whether a Regular Cab version of the Tradesman or other Ram 1500 models will become available in the future, but rumor has it that a smaller, single-row cab is on the way for 2020.