Ram 1500 Classic Returns for 2021
It’s been almost a year since we heard much about the old Ram 1500 Classic, the last generation of the light-duty pickup truck that’s been continued even with the newer generation in production to offer both versions of the truck to consumers. Not everyone likes change, and although the new generation of the Ram 1500 is dope, there are plenty of consumers who prefer the original. So much so, that Ram Trucks will continue to produce the Ram 1500 Classic for another year. In 2021, the Ram 1500 Classic returns.
They say the Ram 1500 Classic is worth saving because it’s been around since 2009. Now, that’s not a very long time, it’s no 50-year Anniversary like some of the other Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) vehicles, some of which have rightfully earned their time to rest, like the end of an era with the discontinuation of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Oh, the memories. Still, the Ram 1500 Classic, also known as the “DS” when it comes to insiders in the auto market, is earning its classic title by going another year with absolutely no updates or upgrades.
It seems a little odd that consumers would want a Ram truck stuck in the past when the new generation of the Ram 1500 comes with some great technology options. It’s part of the reason why the 2020 Ram 1500 took the top spot in the very competitive Large Light-duty Pickup segment during the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™. Still, everybody loves a Classic, and the Ram 1500 Classic pickup truck is it.
The news about the light duty truck comes from CarsDirect, an American online automotive research and car buying service based in El Segundo, California. Like many sources out there, CarsDirect helps consumers with their car buying needs by providing research, price, purchase, insure, and even financing options online. The organization recently cited a dealer order guide listing the Ram 1500 Classic as an option for 2021 alongside the “DT” Ram 1500, the nickname for the fifth-generation of the light duty pickup truck. With a starting MSRP of $30,145 (plus destination fee), there’s an increase of $250 for zero updates, but that $30k gets truck drivers a two-wheel-drive Tradesman model with a 3.6-liter V6 and bare bones.
Now, follow me here. That’s the exact reason why Ram Trucks is keeping the Ram 1500 Classic around. When the automaker made the fifth generation of the Ram 1500, it left behind the standard work truck build and breathed new life into the pickup truck. No longer just a work truck, the Ram 1500 was built for going off-road, for different lifestyles, and for adventure. During its first year of debut, Mopar released a new catalog with over 300 parts for the Ram 1500. Going back to the Ram 1500 Classic though, there are still many consumers and commercial buyers who don’t need a fancy new truck – they just want a work truck, and they want one that fits into their budget, especially if a business.
There will be some options for the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic for those looking for some personalization. After all, Ram Trucks are all about configuration. Whether the EcoDiesel engine option will return for the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic has yet to be reported, but Ram Trucks would have to be crazy to not continue offering that money maker on future models. Check out the Ram 1500 Classic and the new Ram 1500 at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.