Finally, the presentation is ready. The upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit will have on the podium 2019 new RAM pickup models. For now only the smallest set of these models (RAM 1500). After nearly ten years, the fifth generation of this model is largely under preparation. In addition to the significant changes in the exterior design (mainly the front), we expect a much more luxurious interior design. Probably will offer the same but stronger engines, as well as a new gearbox. Also, fuel consumption is likely to be lower. Although there is no official information yet, we expect and a new generation of Heavy Duty models (probably for 2020). It still has the biggest competitors in the Ford and GM Company pickup models.
This light-duty pickup truck will have a new hexagonal sporting design grille, wrinkled hood engine, new headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. Also, the front bumper with tow hooks will have fewer changes, while the rear section will have no major refreshments. The main novelty of the look is an innovative Ram Box with split tailgate (70/30). In addition to plenty of chrome-plated details, it’s likely to get a few new exterior colors. They will probably get comfortable seats (cloth, vinyl or leather), as well as a new steering wheel. Of course, there is a new full TFT gauge cluster (analogue) and 8.4-inch touch screen (the new FCA’s UConnect infotainment system). Like its predecessor, it offers manual or automatic climate control.
It will still have three cab sizes (two or four doors). Depending on the model it is possible to accommodate from 2 to 6 passengers. Unfortunately, it is not known will be how many trim levels. We assume that it will slightly change the outer dimensions, with the same wheel sizes but of better quality materials. Although it will probably be a bit easier, we assume it will have a higher payload and towing capacity.
As far as engine selection is concerned, it is likely to retain the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar and the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine. Also mentioned is the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel turbo engine, probably with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque. Of course, the drive is on the rear wheels or on all four wheels, combined with a 8-speed automatic transmission.
Taking to retain third place in the list of best-selling pickup models (behind the Ford F-series and Chevrolet Silverado), we believe that the price of 2019 new RAM pickup models will not be significantly higher than the current offer. We assume that the basic model will cost about $ 29,000. Of course, during the year, he will probably present several special editions. We expect more information after the official presentation.