Under the roof of the Detroit’s Cobo Hall, it is a pickup truck bonanza where FCA introduced new Ram 1500, Ford and its new Ranger, and GM and its Chevy Silverado. Just by looking at the new Ram, there’s no crosshair grille, which carried over from when this was still a line in Dodge profile and its bodywork looks much muscular and modern. However, there is a lot more going on with the new truck compared to some fresh sheet metal.
To begin with, it is much lighter compared to the model it replaces. Ram 1500 is about 225 lbs lighter, which only means that this could haul more as well as consume less fuel throughout the process. The all new bodywork is more aerodynamic as it incorporates adaptive aero in a form of electrically deployable spoiler on its front bumper.
Under its bulging hood, more gains in terms of fuel economy are expected to come where 3.6L Pentastar V6 delivers 305hp and 269 pound-foot of torque, its 5.7L Hemi V8 a solid 410 pound-foot. The big news is that there’s an arrival of the optional latest eTorque system, which is FCA’s 48V mild-hybrid assist that contributes an extra ninety pound-foot to V6 ad 130 pound-foot to V8 that also features much smoother cylinder deactivation system.
Engines are combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, for today, 2019 Ram 1500 may haul up to 12700 lbs on the trailer or carry up to 2300 lbs on its back. Brakes are also bigger, which the biggest in the segment at 14.9” upfront and electric parking brake is standard.
Interior is also all new with more space, upgraded equipment, and better ergonomics. The available infotainment screens may measure up to twelve inches. There are also more USB ports as well as power outlets, onboard Wi-Fi available, and all safety systems you may ask for such as blind spot monitoring, 360-degree camera, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.