With the outgoing Ram 1500 (internally designated “DS”) and the all-new version (“DT”) slated to be sold side-by-side for the 2019 model year, Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Trucks brand has decided to badge the legacy model as the “Classic” Ram 1500, today revealing the new badge that will adorn the trucks until sales cease at the end of the year. All three popular cab styles – Regular, Quad, and Crew – are still available with the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, with beds ranging from 5 feet, 7 inches in length (Crew Cab only), to 8 feet (Regular Cab only) on offer.
By-and-large, the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is the same light-duty, full-size pickup truck we’ve gotten to know over the last nine years, with its link-coil rear suspension and choice of 3.6L Pentastar V6 or 5.7L Hemi V8. Yet there are differences beyond the “Classic” badges now adorning the fenders, with three new equipment packages joining the fray. The entry-level Tradesman now offering a Chrome Plus package (chrome bumpers, body-color front fascia, 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, carpet floor covering) and SXT package (chrome bumpers, body-color front fascia, 5-inch radio, fog lamps, dual exhaust on V8 models, 20-inch chrome wheels), while the Express trim gains a Black Accent package, featuring black wheels, headlight bezels, and badging.
“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market,” explains FCA’s Head of Ram Brand, Mike Manley. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”
The Ram 1500 Classic is, in essence, Fiat Chrysler’s solution to the problem of a slow production ramp-up at Sterling Heights Assembly in Michigan, where all Ram 1500 pickups will eventually be built. The Classic allows FCA to continue building full-size trucks at Warren Truck Assembly and Saltillo Truck Assembly to fulfill demand for the time being.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, with available Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and SSV trims.