2019 Ram 1500
The 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and like the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it is all the automarket can talk about now. Sure, many concepts appear at these shows, but the 2019 Ram 1500 is no concept – it’s real, and it’s coming to showrooms soon enough. Just like the Wrangler JL, all the spy shots from the last few months just didn’t do the new Ram truck any justice. Although still in its fourth generation, the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck has enough changes to push it into the fifth.
Avail. Engine Type
As it currently stands, the engine lineup for the 2019 Ram 1500 is down to two options. The popular EcoDiesel may return, and there are rumors about a turbocharged engine. The standard engine is the well-known 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, this V6 also comes with the same eTorque system found on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Making this powertrain a mild-hybrid truck, the eTorque system is able to generate an additional 90 lb-ft of torque in addition to the original output.
The other engine available is the legendary 5.7-liter V8 HEMI that delivers 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Also built with an eTorque system, this engine gets an additional 120 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are designed with variable valve timing (VVT) technology to optimize their engine’s performance and fuel economy. A TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is also paired to both engines, but fuel economy is yet to be tested.
Engineering and Towing Capacity
For the 2019 Ram 1500 truck, many changes have been implemented to make it the best of the lineup thus far. Overall, the truck is 225 pounds lighter, 100 of which are due to the frame. Still built with the same impact countermeasures of the old model, it was made from 98 percent high-strength steel. Several components were made from aluminium where practical to shed that extra weight. New air suspension systems were also installed, along with Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks, and the largest front brake rotors in the light duty pickup truck segment.
Towing capacity and payload have not yet been measured for each engine, but numbers have been released. Currently, the 2019 Ram 1500 is said to be able to tow up to 12,750 pounds and carry a payload of 2,300 pounds. This is thanks to the Ram’s five-link coil suspension.
Off-Road Package and the Rebel
For the first time ever, an off-road package has been added to the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, available for almost every trim. The package adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without the available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip. Consumers and other drivers on the road will know this truck goes off-road, denoted by rear-fender decals equipped with the 4×4 Off-road Package. The transfer cases have also been upgraded with BorgWarner 48-12 for part-time 4WD operation with Hi and Low ranges and the BorgWarner 48-11 for on-demand 4WD.
The Ram 1500 Rebel returns for 2019, and it’s even more capable than before. Featuring new 18-inch wheels with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires driven by an electronic-locking rear differential, the Rebel comes standard with coil spring suspension, a one-inch factory lift, and designed Bilstein shocks. Ram’s active-level four-corner air suspension is available for the Rebel, and both, the Rebel and trims with the off-road package get robust skid plate protection (transfer case, steering, engine and gas tank), tow hooks, and hill-descent control for added off-road capability.
A lot has changed for the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck. The body is lighter, longer, and wider, and it still has improved aerodynamics with sharp body lines and a forward-leaning front grille opening. There are actually six new grille designs available on the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup. We also noticed slanted LED headlights (with an adaptive front-lighting system available), but low-tier trims will most likely come with standard halogen headlamps. All-new tail lamps also come with the same available variations.
A new 33.3-inch by 43.4-inch panoramic sunroof is an available option for 10 square-feet of sky, sunlight, and the breeze. The famous RamBox Cargo Management System has returned better than ever, now featuring a 115-volt outlet and relocated overhead lighting for improved illumination. It’s still weatherproof, lockable, and designed with drainable storage bins built into the bed rails (raised by 1.5 inches). A segment-exclusive full-width chrome stamped-steel rear bumper makes up the rear of the truck, and the 2019 Ram 1500 may ride on a variety of wheels ranging from 18 to 22 inches. Twelve colors will be available for the body paint, including four new colors – Billet Silver, Tri-coat White, Patriot Blue, Diamond Black Crystal.
The human machine interface has been completely changed for the interior of the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck with push-button start, an electronic parking brake, and a redesigned rotary e-shifter dial installed across the lineup as a standard. Upholstery options have yet to be revealed, but the standard cloth and upscale leather are bound to be the same as the previous Ram model. Technological functions of the media hub have been upgraded though with five USB ports (three in the front and two in the back) to keep all kinds of devices charged via USB A and USB C.
Cargo room has vastly increased inside the cabin. First, the center console has received a complete makeover to make space for the new available 12-inch touchscreen, but also for storage. There are now more than twelve different storage combinations in the center console alone, with a wider docking area for optional wireless charging of a small tablet or smartphone, a deep storage tub designed for a 15-inch laptop and additional lined compartment under the center armrest, and another tablet holder for rear passengers behind the two cup holders. On high-tier trims, the glove box can slide upwards to reveal a hidden cubby in the dashboard, and two RamBins can be found in-floor for more secretive cargo storage. Folding up the rear bench seat reveals under-seat compartments.
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 comes with four different sound systems for the best music-listening experience, ranging from the standard six speaker system of the 2018 model to the 9-speaker Alpine sound system and the Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and 10-inch subwoofer. Next-generation Uconnect 4 will also be available on the 2019 Ram 1500 truck, and the first debut of SiriusXM 360L platform with more variety, smart content recommendations, and limitless on-demand streaming audio. That makes the 2019 Ram 1500 the first vehicle to offer the SiriusXM next-generation 360L experience.
If opting in for the available 12-inch touchscreen, a class-exclusive, consumers will find it’s reconfigurable for easy personalization. Thanks to a new split-screen, consumers can operate two different applications, such as Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) and the a/c system, or display navigation across the entire 12-inch touchscreen. Also found available for the first time on the all-new Ram 1500 is a 360-degree Surround View Camera system that provides a birds-eye view of the vehicle via four cameras positioned around the chassis. If uninterested in the large, vertical, 12-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 4 with or without navigation on an 8.4-inch display and Uconnect 3 with 5-inch display are offered. 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability is also available.
Safety Features and Warranty
More than 100 standard and available safety and security features have been implemented into the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck. We expect it to have the usual setup of the 2018 Ram 1500, such as advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front-mounted and side-curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, a ParkView backup camera, and a Sentry Key theft deterrent system. Other available and advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, advanced brake assist, forward-collision warning, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, ParkSense park assist with reverse stop, Rear Cross Path detection, and 9-1-1 Call Assist. Not even half of these have been offered before on the Ram 1500.
All new Ram trucks are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile diesel powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile gas powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through warranty for 5 years and unlimited miles. Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram Truck dealer, if necessary, and coverage is transferable.