Between the public debut of the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck at this year’s Detroit Auto Show and today’s announcement on base pricing for the redesigned, fifth-generation light-duty, you may have noticed that something has been missing: any discussion of a single-row Regular Cab configuration. What’s going on? Has Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Trucks brand foolishly decided to axe its smallest cab style?
Not so. According to website 5th Gen Rams, it’s a matter of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles lacking the necessary production capacity to offer the cab style from launch. An all-new Ram 1500 Regular Cab ought to come along for the 2020 model year, the website says, with production taking place at the same Sterling Heights Assembly Plant where the Quad and Crew Cabs have entered production. Before that can happen, the plant will need to ramp up production sufficiently.
Until then, 5th Gen Rams reports that production of the current, fourth-generation Ram 1500 will continue alongside fifth-gen Ram production, with the fourth-gen Quad and Crew Cab models continuing to be assembled at FCA’s historic Warren Truck Assembly Plant, and the fourth-gen Regular Cab being built alongside the HD trucks in Saltillo, Mexico. When Sterling Heights Assembly does start building Regular Cab models, Warren Truck will reportedly shut down and retool for Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer production, later taking over Ram HD production from Saltillo for 2021.
The Cliffs Notes version of the story: reportedly, the all-new Ram 1500 will offer a Regular Cab configuration, but not until the 2020 model year. The outgoing Ram 1500 will remain in production alongside the new one for a single model year, reportedly selling as the “Ram Classic”. And when the new Ram 1500 Regular Cab finally does become available, the truck’s starting MSRP ought to be quite a bit lower than the $31,695 starting price announced today.