Get Your Hands on One of These Dodge Rams
When it comes to the light duty pickup truck category, competition is fierce. However, in recent years, innovation has slowed. This isn’t to any truck enthusiasts’ dismay, as some of the world’s most popular pickup truck manufacturers have nearly perfected the efficiency, power, and capability every lightweight truck needs and every driver seeks. Thanks to addition of new materials, lighter bodies, and safety additions, today’s pickups may not be very different, but they are all equally strong.
But don’t be fooled because not every truck lives up to these expectations. Unlike its competitors, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 lives up to everything a truck driver wants while offering style, innovation, and updates other automakers cannot. And Ram trucks are not slowing down any time soon.
Since the brand’s inception over 100 years ago, all Dodge Ram trucks have been synonymous with automotive innovation and tough capability. The legacy vehicles from Ram have remained long after they were first driven off dealership lots, and many are still on the road today thanks to the brand’s rabid fans and storied reliability.
But, in honor of the Ram 1500 arriving at its centennial anniversary, the car manufacturer is refocusing its efforts on innovation. Dodge is roaring into the next century of its history with a newfound view on performance, purification, and innovation.
A New Era for the Ram 1500
The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks is still under wraps as of this writing. However, rumors are already spreading, and the next lineup of this popular model is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, which is expected to increase the truck’s fuel economy and load capacity. Certain models may gain cab space and interior amenities, as well. Based on photos of the suspected test model, the cab could be changing too, as Ram is believed to be introducing two all new cab options for the 1500 series.
While details of this truck have been buzzing in the auto world since 2015, the newest Ram 1500 is finally scheduled to go into production in 2018. Fans can expect to see a release for 2019 that includes an overhaul of features and potential body redesign.
Better aerodynamics are also expected to be a focus for this upcoming truck model, coming primarily through shorter and sleeker grilles and downsized tailgate branding. But don’t worry: the Ram’s traditional “big rig” styling will likely not be forgotten.
Under the hood is where you’ll find the biggest changes. The following are features uncovered by Motor Trend in the magazine’s first look at the truck:
- Six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions
- A direct injection gasoline V6 (a new first for Ram)
- A potential Pentastar upgrade, which should boost power to 310-320 hp
- Increased economy and low end torque
Additionally, some Ram fans expect that 48 volt electrical systems may be used across the board, or just in a hybrid variant.
Ram representatives told Car and Driver that 75% of the company’s truck sales have included a Hemi powertrain, so it’s safe to assume that the next-generation 1500 will bring the 5.7-liter V-8 with it. Rumors suggest that this could be the first Ram to feature a V-6 with direct injection for more power and better fuel economy.
How to Get Your Hands On the New Ram
The new Ram 1500 is expected to make its debut soon. At launch, pricing should be similar to previous model years and lineups, and revamped heavy-duty models using corresponding styling cues are expected to arrive soon afterward.
With the new release, current and older models of the Ram will likely see flash sales and high incentives to make room for the new models arriving at dealerships.
But, the 1500 model isn’t the only Ram truck being talked about this year. Many of the upgrades to classic Dodge Rams are bringing this truck closer and closer to the competition.
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