It was confirmed that the 2019 Ram 1500 will be presented at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has kept us all guessing on its next move in regards to the Ram 1500 truck. Even the model’s testing mules are wrapped in heavy camouflage which although does not reveal much, may be in itself a hint that the automaker plans to make several changes on the pickup truck. Among the spy photos our photographers have managed to take on the testing mules, we have one that hints at the possibility of a Mega Cab option. This is an option the automaker discontinued in 2008 for the half-ton pickup. If there will be a Mega Cab option, I bet the truck will have exceptional levels of comfort and luxury with ample legroom for the rear seat passengers.
The Ram 1500 is a very important vehicle for FCA having posted an increase of 5% to 119,000 in sales for the first five months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. This is despite the market for new cars in U.S.A. shrinking by 1.5% during the same period.
2019 Ram 1500 Exterior
The 2019 Ram 1500 will be underpinned by a body-on-frame platform. Most of the body structure will be made up of steel with aluminum used on some surfaces to save weight. Most of the testing mules feature a grille with horizontal bars which could be a hint that the crosshairs grille may be discarded.
The headlights and taillights seem to have a new design; the headlights look as if they are hosted in new housings while the taillights housings feature a new LED strip. The camouflage may also be hiding a split tailgate that will enable users to open half of the barn-door style tailgate.
From the spy shots, FCA will likely retain the current cabin layout. However, the cabin will get some new upgrades including a larger display screen mounted at center-top of the dash. Below the display screen will be larger rotary dials for the radio and climate control system. The automaker will also carry over the engine transmission’s rotary dial controller. One of the testing mules also featured a trailer-brake controller. This is as much as we have managed to gather due to the heavy camouflage the automaker has wrapped the testing mules with. We will update you with more information once we get clearer shots of the pickup truck’s cabin.
Engine and performance
It is not yet known what mills will power the 2019 Ram 1500; however, the current lineup of drive-trains is expected to carry over with new upgrades. The base trucks will likely still be powered by the current 3.6 L, Pentastar V-6 that produces around 320 hp. A twin turbocharged version of this mill is expected to be added for the 2019 model year.
Higher trims will also continue using the current 5.7 L, HEMI V-8 mill. In the current Ram 1500 trucks, the engine produces 395 hp. The engines will still be paired with the current 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The automaker may tune the engines to produce more power for the new version. The model will also go on a diet just like its competitors to help enhance fuel economy as well as its hauling capacity.
Price and release date
According to reports, the Ram 1500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018 as a 2019 model vehicle. Pricing details will be availed close to the official release date. Most likely, FCA will showcase the model at the Detroit Auto Show in January before delivering it to dealerships.