It’s the season to be a pickup truck buyer – both General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have come up with new generations of their most beloved pickup truck possessions – the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ram 1500.
Just like it’s the case with the competition, for the all-new Ram 1500 it all kicks off from the diet point of view, with the 2019 Crew Cab losing up to 225 pounds compared to the predecessor, via bespoke weight-loss engineering. Now there’s a new aluminum tailgate, extensive use of high-strength steels and some aluminum for the frame, and modifications to the cab and box: “We’ve left steel where we need to deliver the long-term durability that we believe our owners want,” says Jim Morrison, chief of the Ram brand. The Ram 1500 is also more efficient through… aerodynamic efficiency, the truck’s drag coefficient dropping nine percent to 0.357 – there’s even an electrically deployable aero spoiler, while the models with air suspension drop the body by 0.6 inch at highway speeds.
The Ram 1500 is now extensively using mild-hybrid powertrains, standard on the 3.6-liter V6 and optional on the 5.7-liter V8, the “E-Torque” system comes with a 48-volt starter-generator along with a 0.43-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The gizmo will deliver an additional 90 pound-feet of extra torque for the V6 and 130 lb-ft on the V8. The V6 engine keeps the same credentials as in the previous version – 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque – and the V8 arrives with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic is the same, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine is also scheduled for a comeback in the near future. Ram 1500’s maximum tow rating is of 12,700 pounds, payload has gone up to 2,300 pounds (from maximums of 10,620 and 1,880, respectively.
In terms of design, the Ram 1500 makes a switch from five- to six-lug wheel setups due to bigger brakes, while the exterior enhancements have touched everything – even the Ram logo and font, which was in use since 1981 with very few changes. Of course, new LED headlights can be had on certain trims and models, and there’s a total of 15 wheel designs, six trim levels, and 12 colors. Inside, the Ram 1500 is new “99 percent”, with upwards positioned touchscreens (5-, 8.4-, and 12-inch designs) and a 7-inch color trip computer in the instrument cluster. Notice the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect system 12-inch vertical option, while driver assistance technology includes a new 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring (which works with trailers up to 40 feet long), pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.