The designers and engineers at RAM is hard at work in developing the next generation of RAM 1500 trucks, which is expected to be production-ready by the beginning of 2018 as 2019 models. And while it's still early days in the development process and much can change, we've got some early indications about some of the exciting esthetic, performance and tech changes in store for fans of the beloved 1500 truck!
So what do we know so far? First of all, it's expected that the 2019 RAM 1500 will make more use of lightweight materials in certain body components to increase fuel economy. While the bed will still be made of steel, other panels will likely be made of aluminum. Savings at the pump are also behind a possible redrawing of the front grille, which may find itself reduced in size. The streamlining will extend as well to the sets of lights, with the headlights reduced in size and integrated into the grille, while the fog lights will find a home in the sides of the front bumper.
Word is that the centre console will be made flatter as part of a strategy of maximizing cabin space for occupants. Expect as well a large-cabin version that will maintain the manufacturer's reputation for building the largest-cabin trucks in the category. Early signs are that both front and rear rows will gain more living space in what is already a roomy interior. Among the new features industry watchers are expecting for 2019, a more modern climate control, audio and telematics systems, as well as at least a moderate amount of restyling of the interior overall.
Consumers will likely get either a six-speed or an eight-speed automatic transmission, depending on the version chosen. Word has also gotten out that the 2019 RAM 1500 will be the first from the manufacturer to feature direct injection on a gasoline engine, and integrate stop-start technology. Down the road, many industry-watchers are expecting a twin-scroll V6 version, a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbo version aimed mainly at fleets, and possibly a new, lighter 5.7L turbo engine that could deliver some 390 hp. For its part, the 5.7L HEMI engine will likely be back largely unchanged, as will the popular diesel engine.
We'll be keeping a close eye out for more news as it comes out regarding the 2019 RAM 1500 truck, especially as it gets closer to its scheduled early-2018 rollout. Stay tuned!