The All-New 2019 Ram 1500
The All-New 2019 Ram 1500
The new Ram 1500 is finally here! It is lighter, stronger and better equipped than ever before to take on the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado in the hotly competitive full-size truck field.
Mike Manley, head of the Ram brand, set the bar high at the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at the North American International Auto Show when he stated “No compromise – in strength, durability, technology, efficiency.”
The Ram Exterior Design team took that directive head on and created this enhanced design concept. This isn’t just an update to looks: The truck is all new inside and out, improving on what worked and fixing what was aging.
Overall weight is down 225 pounds, with 120 of those coming from the chassis and frame. And 98 percent of the frame is made from high-strength steel, with aluminum making up a small amount in transmission parts and engine mounts. The Ram 1500 also got a new aluminum hood and tailgate.
The weight may be down, but the 2019 Ram 1500 is longer and wider than before. The bed height
has also increased and the hood was elevated for improved aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. The most obvious visual change is the lack of a cross-hair grille, a staple since 1994. The drop fender that also debuted on the ‘94 Ram has been lifted, giving the front a far more upright face. Behind that new grille live active grille shutters that help smooth the big truck’s front-end aerodynamics at higher speeds.
The new bold “RAM” lettering on the grille started as a trim option on past models of the 1500, but now will become the flagship logo on every single model, replacing the outdated dodge ram horn logo.
There are two different headlight designs that are determined by the trim. The top-tier LED units are wide and slim, while the standard lighting looks very similar to what is on the current generation of 1500s. The front bumper comes in both chrome and paint, and further chrome accents carry around to parts like the new 1500 badge on the hood.
Like the headlights, the taillights are an evolution of the current 1500 shape. Both halogen and LED units are available. The full-width steel rear bumper comes in either chrome or body color like the front bumper.
As for exterior color are 12 colors in total, with three two-tone variants and seven different trim levels! If that’s not enough variety for you, there are 16 new wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 18 to 22 inches in size.
A 5.0-Inch display will still be standard on Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, and Rebel models. A bigger 8.4-Inch interface will be an available option on these trims as well as standard on Longhorn and Limited trims. There is also an optional 12-inch vertical infotainment display. This massive screen, available on higher-end Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited trims, will include a GPS navigation system as well as Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
There are five USB ports in the center console, four of which are both USB A and C. Three of these ports integrate into the latest generation of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system.
The new crew-cab models also see rear-seat legroom grow and best-in-class storage volume
with 151 liters of storage space including in floor storage and fold-up rear seats that make loading and unloading a breeze. More limited versions will again include heated and cooled front and rear seats. A panoramic sunroof is also available that extends over both rows of seats.
Power and Capability
The new Ram 1500 can be had with one of two engines, both carryovers from the current model. The base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 now comes standard with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system FCA has branded eTorque.
This eTorque system is optional on the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine. On the V6, the eTorque system adds up to 90 pound-feet of torque off the line. That number jumps to 130 pound-feet on the 5.7-Liter V8. That puts engine output for the V6 at 305 horsepower
and 269 pound-feet of torque. The Hemi makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet.
There are two transfer cases available for four-wheeldrive models, giving the truck either full-time or on-demand 4WD capabilities. Rated to tow up to 12,750 pounds and carry a payload of up to 2,320 pounds with the max towing package, the new Ram improves
upon the maximum ratings of the past.
An Off-Road Package is available on most trims, giving the Ram 1500 a 1-inch lift. It’s available with or without the air suspension. Other features include beefier tires, hill-descent control, a revised rear suspension geometry and improved skid plates. The off-road-ready Rebel variant carries over from the current model. It gets 18-inch wheels with burly 33-
inch tires, coil-spring suspension, Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs and the same one-inch lift from the 4×4 off-road package. There are a number of visual updates to the model, too.
As with any modern vehicle, the 2019 Ram 1500 is available with a wide variety of active safety equipment and convenience features. The list of safety features includes adaptive cruise control, adaptive front headlights, advance brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path and trailer detection, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
Other convenience features include a 360-degree Surround View camera, the Parkview Rear back-up camera, Parksense front and rear parking sensors, and parallel parking assist. All in, Ram says there are 100 standard or optional safety and security features on the truck.
The 2019 Ram 1500 will be hitting the showroom floor soon with seven different trim levels to choose from. Go online to FredMartinSuperstore.com or Call 330-753-4444 and ask for a New Car Manager to discuss ordering your 2019 Ram 1500!