Tell the Difference Between the 2019 Ram 1500 and 1500 Classic
Have you all heard the news about the Ram 1500? Not only is the 2019 Ram 1500 now available on dealership lots, the 2018 Ram 1500 will also be on the lot, entering its own 2019 model year. Reading that, we know some consumers are wondering how they’re going to tell the difference between 2018 and 2019 model year vehicles. Aside from talking to a salesmen, there are a few ways to tell the difference, some of which is just in the name. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the soon-to-be 2019 Ram 1500 sharing space on the lot with the next-generation 2019 model will be referred to as the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, built on the same design the Ram pickup truck has had for six years.
At first-glance, a well-read consumer will easily spot the differences between the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic and the new 2019 Ram 1500. One of the largest changes Ram has made to the light duty pickup truck is finally putting to rest the iconic crosshair front grille design, and is instead replacing it with six new grille designs, each available depending on the trim selected. Moreover, the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 body is lighter, longer, and wider, designed with sharp body lines for improved aerodynamics and a forward-leaning front grille opening.
Moving forward, a new “Classic” badge will also be popping up on the last-generation 2019 Ram 1500 heading to dealerships. If the famous RamBox Cargo Management System looks a little different, then that’s the new 2019 Ram 1500 in sight, having raised the placement of the RamBox by 1.5 inches, built into the bed rails. Oh, and the new 33.3-inch by 43.4-inch panoramic sunroof for 10 square-feet of sky should be a dead giveaway, but since it’s an optional add-on, it may not yet be installed into the vehicle already on the lot.
Trim Lineup and Configurations
There will also be a few changes between the two model generations when it comes to how consumers can configure their truck for their needs. For one, the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will keep its three cab sizes (Regular, Quad, and Crew) and three bed lengths (8’, 6’4”, and 6’7”), but the lineup will be dropping several trims. The last-gen 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will only be offered in the following trims: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV (Special Services Vehicle). Only two powertrains will be available – the 305hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or the 395hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Towing capacity is set at a minimum of 4970 pounds and a maximum of 9160 pounds.
For the next-gen 2019 Ram 1500, the cab size choices have dwindled down to Quad and Crew – we can bet those played a part in the new 2019 Ram 1500 winning the “Best Family Car” and “Best Family Pickup Truck” awards by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association. Yes, really. The next-gen 2019 Ram 1500 will be offered in the Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Rebel, and Limited trims. The next-gen 2019 Ram 1500 will also have a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds, thanks to Ram’s five-link coil suspension and eTorque.