2021 Ram Classic Continues to Produce During Chip Crisis
For those not in the know, the auto industry is taking another hit this year after the fallout from COVID-19 in 2020. All industries and the economy felt the plunge, but now we’re running into another mess. 2021 will be known as the year for semiconductor chip shortage. Those tiny electrical bits that can power massive data-centers, modern automobile technology, and many consumer digital devices are becoming an endangered species, as it were. There is a global shortage, causing automakers to shut down plants and rethink what models to but on the assembly line that will still make money while the chip shortage and resources are sorted out. Ram Trucks isn’t too worried with the Ram 1500 Classic.
Ram 1500 Classic Tech Versus Ram 1500 Tech
When the Ram 1500 entered its next generation and released a newly upgraded model, truck fans from all automakers flocked to the new light duty pickup truck at every auto show that year – 2018. With all of the upgrades came plenty of new tech, such as Uconnect 4C with navigation on a 12-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Google Android Audio, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, and more. These are the kinds of features that finally push Ram trucks out of the simple work truck category and make them worthwhile for the average consumer. Now what we’re hitting a global chip shortage, will the new 2021 Ram 1500 still be a worthwhile investment?
Let’s take a look at what the Ram 1500 Classic has to offer. Also upgraded for the 2021 model year, the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic is still a nitty gritty work truck at the end of the day. Able to put a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood, this pickup truck can generate up to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped and it can tow up to 4,960 pounds.
To keep it modernized, there are some convenient features, inside and out. These include heated exterior mirrors, LED bed lighting, side steps, and a RamBox Cargo Management System – all available add-ons, and there is more inside. The Ram 1500 Classic Warlock comes with exclusive upgrades, such as automatic dual-zone temperature control, heated front seats, and a 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat. A leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, plus a power sunroof are also available options.
Technology isn’t too shy here, either. The standard may be Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch display, but consumers can upgrade or find Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch display is available on all trims, with navigation capability on the Ram 1500 Classic Warlock. The upgrade to Uconnect 4C also comes with Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, and SiriusXM Radio. More focused on the work benefits of the truck, unless going for the Warlock trim, the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic is clearly the better option to produce with the current chip shortage, and this model can still offer consumers modern high-tech goodies if need be.
It would be unfair to say that the 2021 Ram 1500 doesn’t start with the same options. The Ram1500 Tradesman trims, the Big Horn, and the Rebel all come with the Uconnect 3 system on a 5-inch display as the standard setup. The Tradesman, Big Horn, Rebel, plus the Limited Longhorn can also come with the Uconnect 4 system on an 8.4-inch touchscreen as an upgrade. Only select trims can come with Uconnect 4C with navigation and Uconnect on the legendary 12-inch touchscreen.